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CHART STORY: NO SHOES, NO PROBLEM

Kenny Chesney’s Live In No Shoes Nation (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville) has become the first live country album to hit #1 since Sugarland’s Live On the Inside (Mercury Nashville) in 2009. Fueled by a strong ticket bundle, the set debuts on HITSSales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with 221k.

Kenny included, four new releases end up in the Top 5 this week. Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning of Life (Atlantic) bows at #2 with 77k. Two mid-week releases, Chris Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon (RCA) and 21 Savage, Offset and Metro Boomin’s Without Warning (Slaughter Gang/Epic), land at #3 and #4 with 56k and 48k, respectively.

Three other fresh sets make the Top 15 this week. Big K.R.I.T.’s 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time (BMG) is #6 with 35k, and Ty Dolla $ign’s Beach House 3 (Atlantic) rounds out the Top 10 with 30k, while Yo Gotti’s I Still Am (Epic/CMG) enters at #11 with 29k.

At #12, Lil Pump’s self-titled full-length, which dropped via Tha Lights Global/Warner Bros. on 10/6, inches closer to making a Top 10 return.

Further down on the chart, Culture by Quality Control act Migos breaks back into the Top 30 with a move to #29, boosted by the red-hot success of latest single “MotorSport.” The collaborative track with Nicki Minaj and Cardi B (and Migos’ first taste of music to be released under their Motown/Capitol deal) debuts on our Streaming Songs Chart at #3 this week with 13.5m streams. On that chart, Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang” jumps #9-2, and Post Malone’s “I Fall Apart” rises #6-4, giving the Republic rapper two in the Top 5 as “rockstar” f/21 Savage continues its reign.

When it comes to the battle for SPS marketshare, SME is victorious with 49%, WMG is #2 with 34% and UMG is #3 with 17%.

Streeting this week are albums from Capitol’s Sam Smith, 222/Interscope’s Maroon 5, Warner Bros. Nashville’s Blake Shelton, Black River Entertainment’s Kelsea Ballerini, BMG’s Kid Rock, Columbia’s Grace VanderWaal and Curb’s Lee Brice, as well as an MTV Unplugged set from Island’s Shawn Mendes.

And in case you’ve been living under a rock and are somehow unaware, the following Friday (11/10) belongs to none other than Queen Tay Tay. Word has it label chief Scott Borchetta has already prepped the Big Machine-branded racecars for joyrides. Meanwhile, our own Todd Hensley’s HITS-branded scooter continues to bring more mayhem than joy.

I.B. BAD CURATES
YOUR NEWS FEED
Tracking the swing of the pendulum. (8/15a)
YOUR TOP 20: TRAVIS, NICKI BATTLE FOR #1
A royal dust-up (8/15a)
QUEEN TINGS
Michelle S. on Nicki. (8/15a)
NOISEMAKERS
The new kids in town. (8/15a)
JUST FUH YOU: MACCA, TEDDER & CORDEN
A new single and a new special (8/15a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
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