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CROSSOVER
THE BALLSTREET JOURNAL

A huge congrats to Sujit Kundu and Team Epic for their precision tactics in taking Fifth Harmony f/Ty Dolla $ign’s “Work From Home” (SYCO) from #4-1 by snagging 920 spins for what was by far the song’s best week ever. With both Drake and Desiigner hot on their tail, Epic orchestrated a flawless plan to seize the #1 position and deliver Fifth Harmony’s very first #1 at the format. Meanwhile, they’re also treading hotly with Future f/The Weeknd’s “Low Life” (A1/Freebandz), which was up another 100 spins and is poised to move inside the Top 15 next week. Newcomer Kent Jones is smoking up the chart, as “Don’t Mind” (We the Best) explodes, going #37-24 and gaining 555 spins. This record is Shazaming in basically every market it’s getting played in. Zara Larsson & MNEK’s “Never Forget You” climbs inside the Top 25 and sees an increase of 75 spins this week. Yo Gotti’s “Law” (CMG) is at #31. Next on deck for Epic is Meghan Trainor’s second single, “Me Too,” Gnarly World’s “Hoes in This House” and a Fifth Harmony follow-up, “All in My Head” (SYCO).


The song in position for the next #1 is Drake f/Wizkid & Kyla’s “One Dance” (YMCMB), which blasts up over 1,050 spins this week to leap #7-2. With the first-week sales for VIEWS totaling near 1m and the streams over 245m, there’s just no stopping Drizzy. Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (Island) cracks the Top 5, while sailing to #1 at T40 the same week. Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” comes in at #14, gaining 230 spins, while Nick Jonas f/Tove Lo’s “Close” (Safehouse/Island) gains 150 spins to land at #32. Post Malone’s “Go Flex” jumps all the way up to #62 and is already up 110+ spins a week before official impact.

RCA’s Inca and Lori G made quite a splash on Friday morning with the new Justin Timberlake jam, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” In just two days, it amassed 490 spins to just miss hitting the chart by a hair, but will definitely be next week’s highest debut. ZAYN’s “PILLOWTALK” officially enters the Top 10 this week, up 130 spins. Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange” is right behind at #11, gaining 195 spins. G-Eazy f/Chris Brown’s “Drifting” leaps 10 spots to #28, thanks to a 535-spin increase. Alicia Keys dropped her first new music in four years with “In Common,” grabbing an early 130 spins. The label’s targeting the Urban-leaning stations at this point and will broaden the scope as it develops.


Dixie Tipton and Capitol welcome Young Greatness’ “Moolah” (QC/Motown) into the Top 20, powered by a 290+-spin gain. That one attracts new believers each week. They’re also impacting Nikee Heaton’s “Bad Intentions” this week.



Columbia’s Ayelet Schiffman and James White have The Chainsmokers f/Daya’s “Don’t Let Me Down” (Disruptor) vaulting to #12 this week with 590+ spins and their sights set on the Top 10. Beyoncé’s “Sorry,” meanwhile, comes storming on the chart to become this week’s highest debut at #29. It was up 620 spins, and definitely looks to be the right choice for radio. The first Lemonade single, “Formation,” is trending back up in spins this week as well, sitting at #38. Calvin Harris f/Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For” debuts at #39, posting an increase of 475 spins. That one’s also exploding at T40. And the Empire cast’s “Look But Don’t Touch” is at #55, up 120 spins this week.

Def Jam’s Rick Sackheim, Noah Sheer and Scott Maness continue their assault with Desiigner’s “Panda” (G.O.O.D.), which moves #9-4 this week, adding 815 spins, while Rihanna’s “Needed Me” (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) continues its march to the Top 10, gaining 400 spins and landing at #19. Kanye West’s “Famous” (G.O.O.D.) moves #30-27 this week with a triple-digit increase in progress. And Iggy Azalea’s “Team” is at #37, gaining 55 spins.

Warner Bros. and Lee L’Heureux have Jason Derulo’s “If It Ain’t Love” (Beluga Heights) at #22, gaining 120 spins. 


Most Increased:
Drake f/Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance” YMCMB/Republic
Fifth Harmony f/Ty Dolla $ign “Work From Home” SYCO/Epic
Desiigner “Panda” G.O.O.D./Def Jam
Beyoncé “Sorry” Columbia
The Chainsmokers f/Daya “Don’t Let Me Down” Disruptor/Columbia

Buzz Records:
Beyoncé “Sorry” Columbia
Drake “Controlla” YMCMB/Republic
Kent Jones “Don’t Mind” We The Best Music/Epic
Trinidad James “Just a Lil Thick” RECORDS
Flume f/Kai “Never Be Like You” Mom+Pop/RED