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NEW RELEASES: ASTROWORLD GOES INTO ORBIT (UPDATE)

Travis Scott will unseat Drake from atop the HITS Top 50 this week. Tracks from his new album, ASTROWORLD, were streamed nearly 100 million times on Friday; they occupy 9 of the Top 10 spots at Apple Music and seven of the Top 10 at Spotify U.S. Scott is also selling, with the #1 album at and #8 track (“Sicko Mode”) at iTunes. Here's what it looks like now:

Travis Scott (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic) 450-500k total activity, 170-195k album

The new set, the follow-up to Scott’s #1-bowing Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (which debuted with 89k in 2016 and spent two weeks as an Apple exclusive), features guests ranging from Drake (on “Sicko”), Frank Ocean and The Weeknd to Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, James Blake and John Mayer.

Stay tuned for more chart info today, including projections for new releases from Mac Miller, YG, Moneybagg Yo, Now 67 and more.

ARETHA FRANKLIN,
1942-2018
The Queen of Soul is with her Lord. (8/17a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
STREAMING SONGS:
A LA "MODE"
That is totally sicko. (8/17a)
ARIANA PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARETHA
Two generations of natural women (8/17a)
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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