Musical Theatre Royalty Earn Public Recognition

Jan 24, 2018

It's not every day that a songwriting duo has reason to take out the tuxedos. But that's just what Oscar, Tony, & Golden Globe winners Benj Pasek & Justin Paul have been doing lately. The pair debuts at No. 15 on our Hot Hitmakers chart this week amongst news of their Oscar nomination & Golden Globe win for Best Original Song ("This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman).

With previous credits including Dear Evan Hansen and a musical adaptation of James and the Giant Peach, Pasek & Paul are no strangers to success, earning musical theatre accolades since 2007's Jonathan Larson Award from the American Theatre Wing. However, it wasn't until last year, when the University of Michigan friends took home the Oscar for Best Original Song (La La Land's "City of Stars"), that their names began to gain recognition with the public. 

Also new to the chart this week is Louisiana rapper Kentrell Gaulden (AKA YoungBoy Never Broke Again), debuting at No. 9. Signed to Atlantic Records last fall, Gaulden has been touted as Baton Rouge's "rawest new rapper" following the widespread attention garnered by first release "38 Baby." 

Though trying to improve his community through school supply donations and the importance he places on family obligations, the 18-year-old rapper isn't without his faults. Like many of his compatriots, Gaulden has a record of criminal activity and was sentenced to 3 years probation in August after his involvement in a drive-by shooting. His latest Billboard Hot 100 charting song, "Outside Today" speaks to the difficulties he encountered while on trial.


Hot Hitmakers

Recognizing the songwriters behind the biggest hits of the week

January 27, 2018
1

Ed Sheeran

"Perfect"   Ed Sheeran
"Shape of You"   Ed Sheeran
"End Game"   Taylor Swift [ft. Ed Sheeran & Future]
"River"   Eminem [ft. Ed Sheeran]
2

Shayaa Abraham-Joseph

"Bank Account"   21 Savage
"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"Bartier Cardi"   Cardi B [ft. 21 Savage]
3

Nathan Feuerstein

"Let You Down"   NF
4

Daniel Hernandez

"Gummo"   6ix9ine
"Kooda"   6ix9ine
5

Pharrell Williams

"Havana"   Camila Cabello [ft. Young Thug]
"Lemon"   N*E*R*D & Rihanna
"Stir Fry"   Migos
6

Belcalis Almanzar

"MotorSport"   Migos, Nicki Minaj, & Cardi B
"Bartier Cardi"   Cardi B [ft. 21 Savage]
"La Modelo"   Ozuna x Cardi B
"Finesse"   Bruno Mars & Cardi B
7

Austin Post

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"I Fall Apart"   Post Malone
"Candy Paint"   Post Malone
8

Charlie Puth & Jacob Kasher

"Attention"   Charlie Puth
"How Long"   Charlie Puth
9

Kentrell Gaulden

"No Smoke"   YoungBoy Never Broke Again
"Outside Today"   YoungBoy Never Broke Again
10

Louis Bell

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"Candy Paint"   Post Malone
"Wolves"   Selena Gomez x Marshmello
11

Dieuson Octave

"Pills and Automobiles"   Chris Brown [ft. Yo Gotti, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, & Kodak Black]
"Roll In Peace"   Kodak Black [ft. XXXTENTACION]
"Codeine Dreaming"   Kodak Black [ft. XXXTENTACION]
12

Andrew Green

"Gummo"   6ix9ine
13

Rogét Chahayed

"Bad At Love"   Halsey
"Sky Walker"   Miguel [ft. Travis Scott]
14

Khalid Robinson

"1-800-273-8255"   Logic [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]
"Silence"   Marshmello [ft. Khalid]
15

Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

"This Is Me"   Keala Seattle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble
"Never Enough"   Loren Allred
"Rewrite The Stars"   Zac Efron & Zendaya
"The Greatest Show"   Hugh Jackman, Keala Seattle, Zac Efron, Zendaya, & The Greatest Showman Ensemble
16

Kiari Cephus

"Motor Sport"   Migos, Nicki Minaj, & Cardi B
"Ric Flair Drip"   Offset & Metro Boomin
"Stir Fry"   Migos
17

Brian Lee

"Havana"   Camila Cabello [ft. Young Thug]
"Let Me Go"   Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso [ft. Florida Georgia Line & Watt]
"Wolves"   Selena Gomez x Marshmello
18

Justin Tranter

"Bad At Love"   Halsey
"Believer"   Imagine Dragons
19

Brandon Lancaster

"Greatest Love Story"   LANCO
20

Leland Wayne

"Ghostface Killers"   21 Savage, Offset, & Metro Boomin [ft. Travis Scott]
"I Get The Bag"   Gucci Mane [ft. Migos]
"Ric Flair Drip"   Offset & Metro Boomin
"Congratulations"   Austin Post [ft. Quavo]