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Tool will claim the #1 spot on Friday's HITS Top 50 chart, with no help from D2C or a ticket bundle.

  1. *Tool (Volcano/RCA) 240-260k total activity, 220-240k albums
  2. Taylor Swift (Republic) 185-200k, 95-105k
  3. *Lana Del Rey (Interscope) 85-95k, 50-55k
  4. *Lil Tecca (Galactic/Republic) 55-65k, 1-3k
  5. Young Thug (Atlantic) 50-55k, <1k
  6. Lizzo (Atlantic) 37-42k, 7-10k
  7. Billie Eilish (Darkroom/Interscope) 35-40k, 6-8k
  8. Chris Brown (RCA) 30-35k, 4-5k
  9. Ed Sheeran (Atlantic) 28-32k, 3-5k
  10. Khalid (Right Hand Music/Atlantic) 25-28k, 1-3k
  11. Travis Scott (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic) 24-27k. 1-2k
  12. Lil Nas X (Columbia) 21-24k, <1k
  13. Shawn Mendes (Island) 21-24k, <1k
  14. Dreamville & J. Cole (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope) 21-24k, <1k
  15. Post Malone (Republic) 20-23k, <1k
  16. NF (NF Real Music/Caroline) 20-23k, 3-4k
  17. Quality Control: Control The Streets (QC/Motown/Capitol) 19-21k, <1k
  18. Queen - Greatest Hits 1 (Hollywood) 19-21k, 3-4k
  19. Luke Combs (River House/Columbia Nashville) 19-21k, 3-4k
  20. Rick Ross (Epic) 19-21k, 4-5k

 
*DEBUTS

If you've peeped the $45 Tool retail package, you know that in addition to the CD, it contains a video screen and speaker (rechargeable via USB), an elaborate color booklet and a code for MP3 downloads. But did you know that if you open and close the panels in precisely the right order, the package will dispense up to six ounces of fine Stilton? Just keep trying; you'll get it.

GRAMMY CHEW: WHO COULD BE THIS YEAR’S BRANDI CARLILE?
Lenny and Simon speculate and salivate as the kreplach is served. (9/19a)
RIHANNA FOLLOWS PLATT TO SONY/ATV
Loyalty in action (9/17a)
TAYLOR SWIFT JOINS THE VOICE AS MEGA MENTOR
Tay knows how to pick her spots. (9/17a)
BEYONCÉ ROARS IN PRIME TIME
So does Bey. (9/16a)
AMAZON GOES HI-RES
Alexa, what does "16-bit/44.1kHz" mean? (9/17a)
MORE RAINMAKERS
The players who made it happen.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEAKS?
Even funnier in French.
RIHANNA'S ETA
And about $50m in funding.
THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
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