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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: FUNK,
PART TWO
Say it loud! (2/25a)
JT & SZA HEAD TO "THE OTHER SIDE"
Dude, it's been too long. (2/25a)
GAGA SETS "STUPID" FOR FRIDAY
After "Shallow," will she go deep? (2/26a)
TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL
Where can we get one of those ironic letter-man jackets? (2/25a)
REPORT: BIG HIT
BANKING ON IPO
Everybody's doin' it. (2/25a)
DON'T TALK TO THE PRESS
Also, don't leak the memo about not talking to the press to the press. Please.
GRAMMY VOTING
How the sausage is made.
BIEBER'S BIG BOW
Changes changes the conversation.
PRIMARIES
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CROSSOVER
THE BALLSTREET JOURNAL

What matters is that they got it done—so a hearty congrats goes out to Ayelet Schiffman and James White at Columbia for taking OMI’s “Cheerleader” (Ultra) to #1. It didn’t have its bullet, but gathered enough steam to overtake a spin descent from The Weeknd for a nice victory after a long campaign.  With a hot new video that’s getting buzz, Rita Ora f/Chris Brown’s “Body on Me” (Roc Nation) explodes on the chart to debut at #31, gaining 510 spins. Dej Loaf f/Big Sean’s “Back Up” just misses the chart, up 50 spins. J. Cole’s “No Role Modelz” (Roc Nation) climbs inside the Top 50 with an increase of 110 spins. Calvin Harris & Disciples’ “How Deep Is Your Love” continues to really grow at Top 40, making its way to Rhythm in the next few weeks.


Republic’s Gary Spangler, Davey Dee, and Stef Cole have The Weeknd’s “The Hills” (XO) on cruise control, as it swells 815 spins to become the Greatest Gainer again this week and moves up to #6. Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer” (Safehouse/Island) sits at #28, up 65 spins. Drake’s “Back To Back” (YMCMB) is developing into a real record, posting up another very impressive week of increases and climbing to #29, while his other single, “Hotline Bling,” jumps #87-57 and gains 110 spins. Neither of these songs have albums attached; they are just random Drake bangers.  One week after impact, Post Malone’s “White Iverson” sits at #53, tacking on 240 spins. They are all set to impact Nicki Minaj f/LunchMoney Lewis’ “Trini Dem Girls” (YMCMB) this coming week.

At Def Jam, Rick Sackhiem, Noah Sheer and Scott Maness are anxiously awaiting the imminent arrival of Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean,” which officially drops on Thursday (8/27). They’ve also got G.O.O.D.’s Big Sean up 270 spins with “OMCCTW,” which is now #12.  Guys, I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but Jeremih f/J. Cole’s “Planes” is proving to be the real deal. For the past two months I’ve been talking this one up, and in that time it’s flown all the way to #17. This week, it’s up another 350 spins for the biggest increase the song has experienced to date. Don’t sleep! YG’s “Twist My Fingaz” glides up to #32 with a triple-digit increase. Another song I’ve been passionate about for months is Alessia Cara’s “Here,” which debuts at #33 this week, while snagging a cool 250 spin increase.

RCA’s John Strazza, Inca and Lori G take R. City f/Adam Levine’s “Locked Away” (Kemosabe) into the Top 25 this week, up 325 spins. The track continues to Shazam wherever it’s played. It’s moving quickly at Top 40 too. Chris Brown’s “Liquor” climbs to #36 this week, gaining 100 spins, while Pitbull f/Jason Derulo’s “Drive You Crazy” moves to #55, up 95 spins. Team RCA is impacting T-Pain f/Juicy J’s “Make That Shit Work” this week.


Still alive after his giant 40th birthday celebration, Epic’s Sujit Kundu has Future f/Drake’s “Where Ya At” (A1/Freebandz) at #35, up 50 spins. Grand Hustle’s Travi$ Scott is just getting started with “Antidote,” while Meghan Trainor f/John Legend’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” moves to #54.  Be sure to check out Casey Veggies’ new song, “Wonderful” f/Ty Dolla $.

Squeaking in at #41, Christine Chiappetta and Paula Tuggey at RECORDS barely miss debuting Nelly f/Jeremih’s “The Fix” but post a healthy 340-spin increase, so Nelly is poised to be one of the highest debuting tracks next week.

Lee L’Heureux and Warner Bros. have Jason Derulo’s “Cheyenne” (Beluga Heights) climbing to #18, while Nico & Vinz’s “That’s How You Know” hits the chart at #40, up 115 spins. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis score the highest debut with “Growing Up” (Macklemore), which features Ed Sheeran; it was up a whopping 400 spins. His official “radio” single drops this Thursday (along with the new Bieber), so the Rhythm panel may be in for some big-ass records!

Largest increases:
  1)   The Weeknd “The Hills” XO/Republic
  2)   Rita Ora f/Chris Brown “Body On Me” Roc Nation/Columbia
  3)   Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/Ed Sheeran “Growing Up” Macklemore
  4)   Jeremih f/J. Cole “Planes” Def Jam
  5)   Nelly f/Jeremih “The Fix” RECORDS

The Pulse:
  1)   Rita Ora f/Chris Brown “Body on Me” Roc Nation/Columbia
  2)   Post Malone “White Iverson” 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