Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me” makes it a sixth week at the top, as the rest of the top five holds steady. Just below, Walk The Moon holds at #6 with “Shut Up And Dance,” which enters its second year on the chart: having debuted on September 14, 2014, this is its 53rd week charting. Also notable: it has yet to leave the top ten, having debuted at #9 and ascended to #1 in twenty-one weeks.

Finish Ticket gets the two highest debuts this week, with “Color” in at #18 and “Scavenger” not far behind at #30, along with two more entries in the lower half of the chart. They beat out new tracks from Rachel Platten, Christine and the Queens featuring Tunji Ige, Pentatonix, and a pair each from Maddie & Tae, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Troye Sivan.

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As the music industry wakes up from its holiday slumber and begins the new year, attention shifts to developing new artists whose careers are beginning to build. Below are forty hand-picked artists of varying genres and current levels of success. Some are completely independent, while others have already topped charts. Regardless, all of them show potential to be even bigger names, particularly in America, in the coming year. Listen to the artists through this SoundCloud playlist, and check back later in the year to see how these predictions turned out. Continue reading “Class Of 2015: 40 promising artists to watch this year”