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CHART STORY:
HIP-HOP ON TOP

Rapper NF’s third studio album, Perception (NF Real Music/Caroline), has exceeded expectations, debuting at #1 on the Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with more than 53k. The 16-track project had Capitol Music Group’s fastest-selling D2C pre-order of the year.

Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersGreatest Hits (MCA) holds at #2, tacking on 47k, while fans continue to mourn the loss of the late great frontman.

As for the remaining new releases, Lil Pump’s self-titled set—out via Tha Lights Global/Warner Bros.—rounds out the Top 3, while Kane Brown’s Kane Brown (RCA Nashville/Zone 4) bows at #5 with 42k, Marilyn Manson’s Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista) enters at #9 with north of 31k and August Burns Red’s Phantom Anthem (Fearless) debuts at #20 with nearly 18k.

Post Malone’s Stoney (Republic), meanwhile, breaks into the Top 5 for the first time since its December release, landing at #4 with an additional 44k, which makes sense considering the rapper’s currently the most-streamed artist in the world. That said, his latest single “rockstar” f/21 Savage—off upcoming album Beerbongs & Bentleys, due early 2018—spends another week atop our Streaming Songs Chart with approximately 34m more streams. Remember, in less than a month, the track amassed 160m+ streams on Spotify.

And Korean group BTS re-enters this week at #14, in tandem with the physical release of Love Yourself (Bighit Entertainment), which turned heads when it flew to #1 at iTunes in 73 markets upon release last month.

When it comes to the battle for SPS marketshare, UMG leads with 47%, WMG follows with 27% and SME is #3 with 23%, while the indies trail with 3%.

Streeting this week are albums from RCA’s P!nk, Capitol’s Beck and Atlantic’s Gucci Mane, as well as eOne’s Wu-Tang Clan, Loma Vista’s St. Vincent, Matador’s Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Big Machine’s Carly Pearce, Epic’s Jessie James Decker and Nonesuch’s Robert Plant.

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