Alessia Cara moves into the top five with debut single “Here,” and Kacey Musgraves enters the top ten with “Dime Store Cowgirl.” Big moves come from former chart-topper Martin Luke Brown, whose “Scars On Scars” jumps 52-34, and Clairity, who launches 98-54 with “DNA.” Lianne La Havas lands five more debuts from her new album Blood; Carly Rae Jepsen, Disclosure featuring Sam Smith, One Direction, Ryn Weaver, and Clairity also add to their chart history.
Walk The Moon holds for an eleventh week at the top spot, with Alabama Shakes newly nipping at their heels as “Don’t Wanna Fight” leapfrogs “Gimme All Your Love” to reach a new peak of #2. In only her fifth week on the chart, Rachel Platten enters the the top ten with “Fight Song,” which jumps 13-10. Four songs tie for the week’s greatest gain with 30-spot jumps for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “All That” (#17), Brandon Flowers’s “Can’t Deny My Love” (#46), and Delta Rae’s “You’re The One For Me” (#59) and “My Whole Life Long” (#63). Hilary Duff scores the top debut with “Sparks,” the third song to be released in advance of a comeback album with RCA Records. Additional debuts include a pair each from Hollywood Records (R5 and newly-solo Grace Potter) and Interscope (X Ambassadors and Ryn Weaver), as well as the final pair of tracks yet to chart from Delta Rae’s album After It All.
As the music industry wakes up from its holiday slumber and begins the new year, attention shifts to developing new artists whose careers are beginning to build. Below are forty hand-picked artists of varying genres and current levels of success. Some are completely independent, while others have already topped charts. Regardless, all of them show potential to be even bigger names, particularly in America, in the coming year. Listen to the artists through this SoundCloud playlist, and check back later in the year to see how these predictions turned out. Continue reading “Class Of 2015: 40 promising artists to watch this year”
Though the top four positions on the chart are unchanged, Walk The Moon scores a second spot in the top five as “Aquaman” leaps from 8 to 5. Meanwhile, Montaigne scores her second top twenty hit with “Pontius Of The Past” moving 22-20. With the music industry revived in the new year, new music begins entering the chart, led by Ellie Goulding’s new Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack song, “Love Me Like You Do,” launching at #36. Taylor Swift’s newest 1989 single, “Style,” begins at #42, immediately matching the peak of album cut “Out Of The Woods.” Also in the top fifty is newcomer Bea Miller, whose “Fire N Gold” enters right at #50. Additional debuts come from new artist Fancy and new singles for Echosmith, Madonna, and Sia, while Jason French, Ryn Weaver, and Maroon 5 all make re-entries.
While Jamie Scott holds at #1 for an eighth week, Martin Luke Brown is within striking distance as “Nostalgia” jumps to #2 in only its second week, finally moving Sia’s “Chandelier” to #3. Re-entries from Passenger and Ryn Weaver dot a group of debuts that includes new entries from Taylor Swift, Tove Lo, and Bad Suns, as well as newcomers Anamanaguchi, Hozier, Grace Mitchell, and Mickey Guyton.