This Week, Erykah Badu Made This Shit Look Easy.
Each week, we take a survey of the local music scene and try to determine which acts in town are really putting in work and seeing it pay off. Which bands have the most intriguing shows coming up? Which bands are getting the most press around town? Which bands have accomplished the most notable feats of late? Based off these criteria, our music writers submit a list to be weighted and compiled into a master list revealed each week in this here space. We like to think it's fairly revealing. Check out our previous Buzz Rankings here.
At this point, Erykah Badu's making this shit look too easy.
Fresh off blowing up the Internet with her Thanksgiving-released But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape, the Queen was back this week with a remix of Kanye's new tune as a means to hype yet another forthcoming mixtape.
Yeah, she's on fire. Hotter than ever, in fact. No surprise, then, that Ms. Badu finds herself atop our weekly, local music power rankings for the 15th time. Somehow, that's still four behind “Mr. All-Time No. 1” Leon Bridges with his 19.
In the No.2 hole this week is another of the all-time buzz leaders, A.Dd+. It's been about 17 months since the now-former rap duo topped our list, though they managed to rack up a still pretty impressive eight No. 1s during their run. After Paris' Twitter meltdown and on-record diss aimed at Slim, the boys were just a few points shy of going out with one more.
Coming off two straight No. 1s was Bobby Sessions, who drops to the No. 3 hole this week. Among other buzzy pursuits, we announced this week that he'll be helping us throw RBC a grand-opening party at the end of the month.
Not far behind Bobby was Kaela Sinclair, whose video of herself covering SOHN has racked up over 100,000 views this week alone.
Similarly, Leon Bridges had tons of eyeballs on him this week when he performed on Kimmel. Not to be outdone, Kacey Musgraves did the same on Colbert.
Elsewhere: The Spree and Toadies each payed tribute to Bowie; Randy Rogers Band sold its millionth album; and Maren Morris was praised by Billboard.
(Also receiving votes this week: Sudie, Chaz French, Medasin, Pleasant Grove, Andy Pickett, The Outfit, TX, Herrick & Hooley, Dark Rooms, Relick, Bulls, -topic, Colton Carlyle, GHETTODKSO, Different Strokes, The Roomsounds, Dezi 5, William Austin Clay, Cygnus, Danny Diamonds, Mga- Czar, Will Johnson, Madam Mims, Tiger + Man, Demi Lovato, Birds of Night, Color TV, Mercury Rocket, Classic Cult, Blue, the Misfit, Post Malone, Texas Gentlemen, Saint Clair.)