HITS Daily Double

I hope everyone had a relaxing and stress-free Labor Day weekend. All the kids are officially back in school, and stations are in full swing putting their holiday shows together.

With the fourth quarter upon us, I have a question. Back in the old days (eight years ago) when people were still buying physical albums, the fourth quarter was truly the money season for the labels, as they had Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa to sell massive amounts of albums. Now that it is virtually all downloads and streaming, how will this affect them? Is the fourth quarter now just like every other quarter? Will music become something that is not a gift to give anymore? Will the holidays be just like any other week? I guess we will find out.

Well, one thing’s for sure: Drake is going to sell. His current track “Too Good” f/ Rihanna (YMCMB) is at #3, up 875 spins. It is sure to be the next #1 record next week. Staying with Republic, Gary Spangler, Davey Dee and Stef Cole also have Marc E. Bassy f/G-Eazy’s “You & Me” at #11. It was up triple digits. Ariana Grande’s “Into You” slides into the top 15, while Kungs & Cookin’ on 3 Burners’ “This Girl” (Casablanca) comes in at #27, gaining 155 spins. The new Grande f/Nicki Minaj “Side To Side” is just getting started, and was up 125 spins.

Over at Def Jam, Rick Sackheim, Noah Sheer and Scott Maness take Major Lazer f/Justin Bieber and MO’s “Cold Water” (Mad Decent) to #8. It was up 170 spins, and has its sights set on top 5. Kanye West f/Kid Cudi’s “Father Stretch My Hands” (G.O.O.D.)is at #13, gaining 75 spins. DJ Mustard f/Nicki Minaj and Jeremih’s “Don’t Hurt Me” moves to #37, up 95 spins. Logic’s “Flexicution” lands at #50.

Ayelet Schiffman and James White at Columbia have three red hot records as The Chainsmokers f/Halsey’s “Closer” (Disruptor) shoots to #17 after gaining 565 spins. It is also a monster at top 40. Beyonce’s “Hold Up” is this week’s biggest debut, as it lands at #30, tacking on 420 spins. They also debut Russ’ “What They Want” this week at #36. He is a brand new artist, so to be on the chart and up 360 spins is pretty damn impressive.

RCA’s Inca and Lori G welcome Usher’s “No Limit” inside the top 5. He was up 310 spins. Bryson Tiller’s “Sorry Not Sorry” was up 100 spins, and moves to #28. Tinashe’s “Superlove” climbs to #34, thanks to an increase of 135 spins. Rob $tone’s “Chill Bill” has an impressive first week, as it gains 130 spins, landing him at #59. Ayo Jay’s “Your Number” continues to grow as well. It was up 60 spins.

Sujit Kundu and Epic see DJ Khaled f/Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown’s “Do You Mind” (We The Best) gain 280 spins, moving it to #23. Young Thug & Travis $cott’s “Pick Up The Phone” is at #44 this week. Jidenna’s “Little Bit More” continues to develop. It is at #53 this week, gaining 45 spins. French Montana f/Drake’s “No Shopping” is at #56, and Meghan Trainor f/Yo Gotti’s “Better” gains 70 spins and is just gaining momentum. They are impacting both Kent Jones’ “Alight” and Zara Larsson’s “Ain’t My Fault” on 9/19.

Dixie Tipton and Capitol are driving Lil Yachty’s “1 Night” (QC/Motown) toward the chart. This week it was up 200 spins and just misses. Look for this one to debut next week.


Drake f/Rihanna “Too Good” (YMCMB/Republic
The Chainsmokers f/Halsey “Closer” (Columbia)
Beyonce “Hold Up” (Columbia)
 “What They Want” (Columbia
Usher “No Limit” (RCA)

 “What They Want” (Columbia
Lil Yachty “1 Night” (QC/Motown/Capitol) 
Ariana Grande
 f/Nicki Minaj “Side To Side” (Republic)
Rob $tone “Chill Bill” (RCA)
“Tiimmy Turner” (G.O.O.D. /Def Jam)