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CROSSOVER
THE BALLSTREET JOURNAL

Is it safe to say Kendrick Lamar was Monday’s big winner at the Grammys? In addition to the five awards, including Best Rap Album, his performance was amazing. Taylor Swift also had a big night with her Album of the Year win. It felt like this year’s Grammys were really on point. And not one interruption from Kanye.

As for the radio world, I’ve been talking about ZAYN’s “PILLOWTALK” (RCA) for a few weeks now. It officially debuts at #37, increasing 380 spins, while also rocketing up the Top 40 chart, and sales are still quite impressive. It’s not an automatic sound for the Rhythm format, which I feel is a good thing, considering it’s a great introduction that allows him to go in any number of ways. Meanwhile, RCA’s Inca and Lori G also have G-Eazy f/Bebe Rexha’s “Me, Myself & I” rising to the #3 position this week with 610 new spins. Getting to #1 looks very attainable. Bryson Tiller’s “Don’t” is a new member of the Top 10 this week, while Chris Brown’s “Back to Sleep” is at #14. Kid Ink’s “Promise” move to #17, helped by an increase of 120 spins. Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange” is really making noise at Urban, and is a week away from charting at Rhythm. It’ll officially impact in the next few weeks.


Gary Spangler, Davey Dee and Stef Cole at Republic have moved Belly f/The Weeknd’s “Might Not” (CP/Roc Nation) inside the Top 20, up 265 spins. Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (Island) goes #32-29 this week, gaining an additional 190 spins. Drake’s “Summer Sixteen” (YMCMB) just misses debuting at #41, but will make a big splash on the chart next week. Zendaya f/Chris Brown’s “Something New” is also preparing to debut, clocking in at #45, up 365 spins this week. Post Malone’s “Too Young” was up 110 spins, and climbed to #50. And they’re impacting The Weeknd’s “Acquainted” (XO) this week.

The hottest record at the format belongs to Rick Sackheim, Noah Sheer and Scott Maness. It’s Rihanna f/Drake’s “Work,” which was up a crazy 1060 spins and leaped #15-8. It took less than three weeks for the track to get inside the Top 10. Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” (RBMG) moves #7-5, with an increase of 350 spins. Jeremih’s “Oui” is gaining momentum, growing 280 spins—that’s good enough for the #16 position. They debut DJ Mustard f/Travi$ Scott’s “Whole Lotta Lovin” (Roc Nation) at #40 this week, and Alessia Cara’s “Wild Things” is making moves, up 135 spins and looking to debut in the next two weeks.


Ayelet Schiffman and James White at Columbia see The Chainsmokers f/Rozes’ “Roses” move to #12, up 165 spins. And although it’s not being officially worked, Beyoncé‘s “Formation” is up 940 spins to become this week’s highest debut at #28. The Internet’s “Girl” (Odd Future) jumps #36-32, up another 120 spins and is really starting to react and sell where it is being played. Adele’s “When We Were Young” (XL) is at #47. Expect a big bump from her Grammy performance. They just impacted J. Cole and “Love Yourz” is up 160 spins and just a few short weeks from debuting.

Epic’s Sujit Kundu still has the gas pedal down on Yo Gotti’s “Down in the DM” (CMG). It goes back up into the Top 10 this week, up by 100 spins. Zara Larsson & MNEK’s “Never Forget You” is just getting started, picking up early believers to coincide with the impressive early Pop numbers.

Capitol’s Dixie Tipton impacted OG Maco & TWRK’s “Do What It Do” (QC/Motown) this past week. It was up 65 spins and is starting to generate a buzz from the mixshows.

Most Increased:
  1. Rihanna f/Drake “Work” Westbury Road/Roc Nation
  2. Beyoncé “Formation” Columbia
  3. G-Eazy f/Bebe Rexha “Me, Myself & I” RCA
  4. ZAYN “PILLOWTALK” RCA
  5. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself” RBMG/Def Jam
  6. Zendaya f/Chris Brown “Something New” Republic

Buzz Records:
  1. Beyoncé “Formation” Columbia
  2. Rihanna f/Drake “Work” Westbury Road/Roc Nation
  3. Drake “Summer Sixteen” YMCMB/Republic
  4. The Internet “Girl” Odd Future/Columbia
  5. Bryson Tiller “Exchange” RCA