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NEW RELEASES (UPDATE)

Sam Smith will score his first U.S. #1 album as his sophomore release, The Thrill of It All, is projected to debut on top of our SPS and album charts on Friday. Here's the latest on where Sam and other key debuts seem to be headed.

Sam Smith (Capitol) 210-215k SPS, 170-175k album
Maroon 5 (222/Interscope) 105-110k, 90-95k
Blake Shelton (Warner Bros. Nashville) 51-56k, 48-52k
Kid Rock (BMG) 38-42k, 37-40k
Kelsea Ballerini (Black River) 38-42k, 32-35k
Now 64 (NOW) 22-26k
Grace VanderWaal (Columbia) 22-24k, 18-21k  

In holiday news, we've finally finished off the Halloween candy. Now we just have to break it to the kids. 

NICKI SPEAKS HER MIND AFTER EPIC SHOWDOWN FOR #1
The numbers game. (8/20a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
NEW RELEASES:
A GRANDE-SIZED DEBUT
Ariana's sweet start. (8/20a)
AMAZON MUSIC RAISES ITS "VOICE"
Alexa, sing to me. (8/20a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch has become an important tool in boosting sales. (8/17a)
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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