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Easing back out there (6/15a)
How'd they do that? (6/15a)
We're reading the tea leaves. (6/15a)
"Variant" is a scary word right now. (6/15a)
Is there a lawyer in the house? (6/15a)
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?

Okay, so your bracket is busted like the rest of us; get over it. About 90% of America lost at least half of their Final Four this weekend! But there were some terrific buzzer-beating shots. You gotta love it.

RCA’s Riccitelli, Rizzo, Daddio and Cooper have G-Eazy f/Bebe Rexha’s “Me, Myself and I” at #5 on the Mediabase chart, while it’s #2 on the U.S. Shazam chart and #4 at Spotify. And the rotation increases just keep piling on. ZAYN’s “PILLOWTALK” has moved up inside the Top 10 to #8, and it’s also #8 on the Soundscan Digital Song chart. Kygo f/Parson James’ “Stole the Show” is pulling in big sales numbers in airplay markets and is poised to move Top 30. Sia f/Sean Paul’s “Cheap Thrills” pulled in 10 new stations last week, including Venus, WPOW, WODS and KBFF. Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece” is the #1-selling song in the U.S. for a second week. That one’s now on more than 45 Pop stations, including WKSC, WXKS and B96. Grace f/G-Eazy’s “You Don’t Own Me” was in the Top 10 Most Added last week, and Hits 1, WIOQ, WZMP and WKQI are all early believers.

Republic’s CW, Spangler and Russell are posting huge early numbers with Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman,” as she jets all over the country doing radio promo events. The track is already at #23 and now #1 in 30 countries on the sales chart. It was #1 Most Added on impact and #1 Most Requested on SNOL. Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold” (Safehouse/Island/Hollywood) is impacting now; early support is coming in from Hits 1, Z100, KIIS and KHKS. Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (Island) is now Top 10, and it’s moving into power rotation at KYLD, Z100, KMVQ and tons of other majors, so it’s safe to say that this one is headed to the top of the chart. James Bay’s “Let It Go” is now Top 30. That one just posted some strong early callout, so watch for a big jump next week. DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean” is headed Top 5. Those guys are also 2016 Vevo Lift artists. Taylor Swift’s “New Romantics” (Big Machine/BMLG) moved into the Top 20 this week. Meanwhile, Zendaya f/Chris Brown’s “Something New” is Top 30 and has some amazing RTM callout numbers; it’s #1 in five different cells.

Mom+Pop/RED‘s Halpern, Jacobs, Weil and Buch are all set to chart Flume f/Kai’s “Never Be Like You.” With 100+ stations already spinning the track and big support coming in from Venus, WQMP, KEGY, KAMP and WHYI, this one is set to move.

Capitol’s Rainey, Youngblood and Siciliano have a runaway smash on their hands with Troye Sivan’s “Youth,” which earned lots of big increases this week, which should push it into the Top 20. WEZB’s Jammer says, “As soon as Troye hit the air in New Orleans, the song took off like a rocket in sales! This one is for real and sounds great on the air.” Halsey’s “Colors” (Astralwerks) charted this week with the help of new airplay from WZFT, WWWQ and WMGQ.

Epic’s Team Glassman continues its great run with Meghan Trainor’s “NO,” Fifth Harmony f/Ty Dolla $ign’s “Work From Home” (SYCO) and Zara Larson & MNEK’s “Never Forget You” all in the Top 15 on MB and Top 10 at iTunes. Not a bad streak, as they all race each other to the top of the chart. They also picked up Nelly’s “Die a Happy Man,” which is now #34. Next up is Timeflies’ “Once in a While,” which impacts 4/15 and already has 6.5m streams.

Global’s Team Palmese has moved Nathan Sykes f/Ariana Grande’s “Over and Over Again” Top 30. New adds last week include WKQI, KHFI and WQMP, and new adds this week already include KHKS, KRBE and WPXY.

Def Jam’s Sackheim, Rothschild & Farag are impacting Iggy Azalea’s “Team.” A very impressive list is stacking up already. With WBMP, B96, WDZH, KMVQ, KYLD and more, look for this one at the top of the add board. Rihanna f/Drake’s “Work” (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) is Top 10 at Pop (and #1 at both Rhythm and Urban), with big spin increases coming in from WKST, WNOW and WKSC. Alessia Cara’s “Wild Things” is now Top 25 and on over 165 stations at Pop. With the RTM callout that just posted, look for big increases this week. Justin Bieber’s “Company” (RBMG) continues its stay in the Greatest Gainer column and should make the Top 20 jump next week. And Jeremih’s “Oui” pulled in KHTS, WEZB and KBFF on impact.

Hollywood’s Finck, Smith and Ennis now have Shawn Hook’s “Sound of Your Heart” in the Top 25, with WWMX, KZON, KRBE and KIIS leading the charge. The sales and streams are picking up in airplay markets and posting Top 10 rankings everywhere. Impacting this week is We The Kings’ “The Story of Tonight”—from the Grammy Award-winning musical Hamilton.

Warner Bros.Gray, Dyer, Reich & Shih have Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” in the Greatest Gainer column, posting another 1000+ spin increase this week. Just as the track moves Top 15, 20 stations increased their spins by 20+ spins. The callout should drive this one toward the top of the chart. Andra Day’s “Rise Up” edges closer to the chart this week, as WKCI, WLDI and WWMX all come on board.

Columbia’s Leipsner, Borris & Vaughan debuted The Chainsmokers f/Daya’s “Don’t Let Me Down” at #35 prior to impact this week. It’s already posting Top 10 Shazam numbers in NYC, L.A., Boston and Phoenix. Ruth B’s “Lost Boy” is ready to move Top 30 with 10 new stations, which came on board last week and include WKST, WDZH, WBLI and WFLC. Also debuting this week is Dillon Francis & KYGO’s “Coming Over,” which is now on 100+ stations, including WZMP, XHTO and WFLY, which are new this week.

MUSIC WE LOVE: Nick Fradiani’s “Get You Home” (19 Entertainment/Republic/BMLG), Timeflies’ “Once in a While” (Epic).

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