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I won’t make this week’s column about how I cast my vote. I just hope everyone got out and exercised their individual right to vote for the candidates they feel would help this country, its economy and whatever their personal beliefs would most be positively impacted by that candidate. This is a very pivotal time in our nation, and we need to figure out how to better work together, be less divided, and grow our economy. Here’s to four years with a new president! And if you did not vote, no one wants to hear you bitch.

Gary Spangler, Davey Dee and Stef Cole at Republic are certainly not bitching, as they hold The Weeknd f/Daft Punk’s “Starboy” (XO) at #1. It has enough of a cushion to hold there for at least another week. Ariana Grande f/Nicki Minaj’s “Side To Side” moves to #11, gaining 280 spins. It has its sights set on top 5. Amine’s “Caroline” continues to impress, as it leaps #19-16, up 385 spins. This one continues to build momentum, and shows no signs of slowing down. Post Malone f/Justin Bieber’s “Déjà vu” comes in at #29, and they debut Drake’s new “Fake Love” (YMCMB) at #38. It was 460 spins, and it set to explode this week. Belly’s “Ballerina” is at #54, and is still growing.

Columbia’s Ayelet Schiffman and James White have another very solid week with Russ’ “What They Want.” It comes in at #13, gaining a healthy 245 spins. The goal is top 10 in the next few weeks. WJMH and Music Choice both move it to a power. John Legend’s “Love Me Now” is up 80 spins, and continues to pick up new believers each week. it is also having a nice run at pop. John gave a sneak-peek, 30-second clip of the video on GMA, and the sales shot to top 25! He is performing on the American Music Awards, followed by Jimmy Fallon, James Corden, then Today. Make sure you check it out.

Over at Def Jam, Rick Sackheim and Noah Sheer are bringing some new heat: Kanye West’s “Fade” (G.O.O.D.), at #14, is up a very impressive 450 spins; and Rihanna’s “Love On The Brain” (Westbury Road) rockets 25-19, thanks to a 245 spin increase. 2 Chainz f/Drake’s “Big Amount” sees a 115 spin jump, and lands at #50. Alessia Cara’s “Scars To Your Beautiful” continues to develop, moving to #62, while Big Sean’s “Bounce Back” (G.O.O.D.) is impacting this week. it was up 125 spins already. Jeremih’s “London” is also just getting started, and sees a 70 spin increase.

The two-headed RCA team of Inca and Lori G pounds away with Rob $tone’s “Chill Bill.” It was up another 165 spins, moving inside the top 20 to #18. Afrojack f/Ty Dolla $ign’s “Gone” (Latium) has a triple-digit increase as it moves up the chart to #34. Usher f/Future’s “Rivals” as well as Sia f/Kendrick Lamar’s “The Greatest” just miss the chart. Both are inside the top 45. Khalid’s “Location” has a buzz on it, and is at #65. They are also impacting Martin Garrix and BeBe Rexha’s “In The Name Of Love” this week. This track is having a great run at pop, where it is already inside the top 20.

Epic’s Sujit Kundu has a master plan to get DJ Khaled f/Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown’s “Do You Mind” (We The Best) to #1. It is currently at #3, up 410 spins. It looks like it is two weeks away, and with continued growth it should get there. Young Thug & Travis $cott’s “Pick Up The Phone” ascends into the top 15 this week. they had another increase of 250 spins. They just signed 21 Savage & Metro Boomin and their current single, “X” f/Future, has 200 spins, and the buzz is growing. Jidenna’s “Long Live The Chief” is at #61, and make sure you check out the new Future, “Used To This” featuring Drake.

Also, make sure you are up on Dixie Tipton’s and Capitol’s “Push It On Me” by Trey Songz from the Kevin Hart mixtape What Now.

Drake “Fake Love” (YMCMB/Republic)
Kanye West “Fade” (G.O.O.D./Def Jam)
DJ Khaled f/Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown “Do You Mind” (We The Best/Epic)
Amine “Caroline” (Republic)
Partynextdoor “Not Nice” (OVO/Warner Bros.)

Drake “Fake Love” (YMCMB/Republic)
Rihanna “Love On The Brain” (Westbury Road/Roc Nation)
Zara Larsson “Ain’t My Fault” (TEN/Epic)
Afrojack f/Ty Dolla $ign “Gone” (Latium/RCA)
2 Chainz f/Drake “Big Amount” (Def Jam)