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YOUR TOP 20: SAM'S SLAM DUNK

Sam Smith will land his first #1 album on both the SPS and Sales charts this week. With the CMA Awards airing tonight, it’s likely several of the country acts in our Top 20 will see an increase in their projected totals, an increase that may carry over into next week as the chart week ends on Thursday.

  1. *Sam Smith (Capitol) 210-220k SPS, 169-174k Sales
  2. *Maroon 5 (222/Interscope) 126-131k, 104-109k
  3. Chris Brown (RCA) 64-69k, 17-20k
  4. *Blake Shelton (Warner Bros.) 53-58k, 49-54k
  5. 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin (Slaughter Gang/Epic) 48-53k, 4-5k
  6. Kenny Chesney (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville) 40-44k, 39-43k
  7. *Kid Rock (BMG) 39-43k, 37-40k
  8. *Kelsea Ballerini (Black River Entertainment) 39-43k, 33-36k
  9. Post Malone (Republic) 38-41k, 2-3k
  10. Ed Sheeran (Atlantic) 29-32k, 7-8k
  11. Lil Uzi Vert (Generation Now/Atlantic) 27-30k, <1k
  12. Khalid (Right Hand Music/RCA) 25-28k, 3-4k
  13. Imagine Dragons (Kidinakorner/Interscope) 7-8k
  14. *Now 64 (NOW) 24-27k, 24-27k
  15. Lil Pump (Tha Lights Global/Warner Bros.) 24-27k, <1k
  16. Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Interscope) 23-26k, 2-3k
  17. Demi Lovato (Hollywood/Safehouse/Island) 22-25k, 5-6k
  18. Gucci Mane (Atlantic) 21-24k, 2-3k
  19. Kelly Clarkson (Atlantic) 21-24k, 17-20k
  20. Future & Young Thug (Epic/300/Atlantic) 21-24k, 1-2k
  21. *Grace VanderWaal (Columbia) 21-24k, 18-20k

*DEBUTS

In seasonal news, it turns out that falling back and springing forward both make us want to take a nap.

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