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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. 

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