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NEW RELEASES: WITH A LIL UPDATE

So here’s the deal: With limited info available, early reads give the returning Lil Wayne a smashing #1 debut with star-studded set Tha Carter V—the third-biggest bow of the year, behind Drake (732k) and Travis Scott (537k). Cher’s bubbling batch of ABBA covers makes a splash, driven by a strong ticket bundle.

Oh, and a 10/1 tweet from Kim Kardashian says Kanye West’s Yandhi is due to drop... on 11/23. It was expected this weekend, with most predictors figuring it would arrive after the G.O.O.D./Def Jam superstar’s SNL performance. Instead, the world was treated to some baffling political rants.

Lil Wayne (Young Money) 475-525k total activity, 165-180k album
Cher (Warner Bros.) 160-180k, 155-175k
Logic (Def Jam) 90-110k, 45-55k

We note, by the way, that Wayne's Tha Carter IV (not his last release, but this set's true predecessor) debuted in 2011 with 964k, long before streaming was a thing.

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Let the opinions fly. (12/12a)
TOP 20: XXX-RATED
Decking the halls with hip-hop. (12/12a)
A NEW FACET OF
WARNER BROS. RECORDS
Justin Tranter and Katie Vinten start a label. (12/12a)
RAINMAKERS: IT'S POURING DOWN VISIONARIES
The Max factor. (12/10a)
COLUMBIA'S URBAN UNIT GETS 2 CHIEFS
Ron Perry makes another major hire. (12/12a)
GRAMMY NERDS BREAK IT DOWN
Wow, they really are nerds, huh?
REVERBERATIONS OF TAYLOR'S DEAL
What does it all mean? What did it cost? Answer the second question first.
IS IT COLD IN HERE?
It's fine, really. We'd just like to feel our extremities again.
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