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THE BALLSTREET JOURNAL

It seems pretty amazing that The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” (XO) has been at #1 for four weeks, considering it’s only been on the chart for 10. Gary Spangler, Davey Dee and Stef Cole at Republic put their blood, sweat and tears into his project, and boy are they reaping the rewards. The Weeknd’s newest track, “The Hills,” is now also in the Top 10, after leaping #13-8 and gaining 700 spins. Top 10 in just four weeks on the chart? I think it’s safe to say he’s a pretty big deal. They also have Natalie La Rose f/Fetty Wap’s “Around the World” at #12, up 55 spins, and Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer” (Island/Safehouse/Hollywood) at #29, up 30 spins. Up 260 spins, they debut Drake’s “Back to Back” (YMCMB) this week at #35. They also have another Drake track, “Hotline Bling,” which is getting some attention as well. They’re impacting Post Malone’s “White Iverson” this week. There’s serious buzz on the artist and this track, and it’s expected to have a great week.

Columbia’s Ayelet Schiffman and James White have OMI’s “Cheerleader” (Ultra) at #2, and it’s only a handful of spins away from #1. This looks like the week for it to climb that mountain and reach the pinnacle. Dej Loaf f/Big Sean’s “Back Up” climbs to #44, and should chart next week. Rita Ora f/Chris Brown’s “Body on Me” is off to an amazing start, up 370 spins and landing at #48 on the chart. It has a ton of momentum, and should chart this coming week. The video just dropped as well. J. Cole’s “No Role Modelz” (Roc Nation) is up 133 spins and continues to build.


At Def Jam, Rick Sackhiem, Noah Sheer and Scott Maness take Big Sean’s “One Man Can Change the World” (G.O.O.D.) inside the Top 15. It moved #17-13, gaining another 210 spins. Jeremih f/J. Cole’s “Planes” tacks on an additional 230 spins and just continues to grow. It’s still a big Shazam record, and the research is building. YG’s “Twist Ya Fingaz” is moving east, as it grabs new believers each week. It was up 140 spins this week. Alessia Cara’s “Here” just misses the chart, coming in at #41. It’s up 210 spins, marking the best week the track’s had thus far. And keep a close eye on Afrojack's “SummerThing!,” which is building at Pop and was up an additional 50 spins here at Rhythm.

Christine Chiappetta and Paula Tuggey have Nelly f/Jeremih’s “The Fix” creating quite a buzz. Nelly was in Atlantic City for the Promo Only convention, then up to NYC for Radio One’s meetings. The track is up 215 spins and impacts this week.

RCA’s John Strazza, Inca and Lori G have R. City f/Adam Levine’s “Locked Away” debuting this week at #32; that’s good enough to make it the highest debut. It added an additional 250 spins, and is really starting to take off. The Pop profile is very impressive as well. They debut Chris Brown’s “Liquor” this week at #39, as it gains 130 spins and follows in the footsteps of the Urban profile. Prince Royce f/Pitbull & Jennifer Lopez’s “Back It Up” is at #47, and Nicky Jam’s “El Perdon (Forgiveness)” is up 90 spins at #52. Pitbull f/Jason Derulo’s “Drive You Crazy” is just getting started, sporting an increase of 115 spins. Meanwhile, Shy Carter’s “Bring It Back” is at #68 this week.


Epic’s Sujit Kundu is celebrating his big 4-0 on 8/17. He’s billing this as the “Party of the Year,” and is taking over The Dream Hotel. Everyone who is anyone will be attending. Future f/Drake’s “Where Ya At” moves to #38 this week, up 40 spins.

Warner Bros. Lee L’Heureux continues to grind out Jason Derulo’s “Cheyenne” (Beluga Heights). At #20, it was up another 100 spins this week. Nico & Vinz f/Bebe Rexha’s “That’s How You Know,” up 70 spins, just misses charting at #42.

Largest increases:
  1)   The Weeknd “The Hills” XO/Republic
  2)   Major Lazer f/DJ Snake “Lean On” Mad Decent
  3)   Rita Ora f/Chris Brown “Body On Me” Roc Nation/Columbia
  4)   Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/Ed Sheeran “Growing Up” Macklemore
  5)   Drake “Back to Back” YMCMB/Republic

The Pulse:
  1)   Rita Ora f/Chris Brown “Body On Me” Roc Nation/Columbia
  2)   Drake “Back to Back” YMCMB/Republic
  3)   Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/Ed Sheeran “Growing Up” Macklemore
  4)   R. City f/Adam Levine “Locked Away” Kemosabe/RCA
  5)   Alessia Cara “Here” Def Jam


 
 
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