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HITS LIST IS
IN THE MAIL
A not-so-subtle reminder to fill out that ballot. (10/15a)
NEAR TRUTHS: THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
The lives behind live music. (10/14a)
HARVEY MASON JR.:
THE HITS INTERVIEW
The Grammy chief takes our call. (10/14a)
RAINMAKERS 2020: COMING SOON
It will rain again this fall--we guarantee it. (10/13a)
STEVIE WONDER PARTNERS WITH REPUBLIC
First music in 15 years. (10/14a)
RAINMAKERS 2020
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMY OUTLIERS
Mulling possible surprises.
HALLOWEEN IN QUARANTINE
Why not wear a mask indoors?
ELECTION 2020
What drugs will help us get there?
Blighty Beat
U.K.CHARTS: SMOKE RISES TO #1
9/25/20

The posthumous debut album from Pop Smoke made a last-minute rise to top this week’s Official Albums Chart. On the singles chart, 24kGoldn earns his first #1.

Despite Ava Max leading midweek, Pop Smoke’s Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon (Polydor) lifted one slot to #1, 12 weeks after making its debut at #2. It has shown itself to be a streaming powerhouse: 97% of its chart sales this week came from streams. He becomes the first solo artist to land a posthumous #1 debut album in the U.K.; it is also the first debut album to reach #1 in the U.K. this year.

The rest of this week’s Top 5 is made up of new entries. Ava Max’s Heaven & Hell (Atlantic) is #2, and U.K. rapper Potter Payper earns his first Top 40 with Training Day 3 at #3.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ rerecording of his 1970 classic, Tea For The Tillerman 2 (UMe), is#4, his highest charting studio album since 1974’s Buddah And The Chocolate Box hit #3. Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets’ Live At The Roundhouse (Sony Legacy) is #5.

Run The Jewels’ RTJ4 (BMG) re-enters at #9 following its release on physical formats—it’s the best-selling vinyl album of the week. RCA’s Alicia Keys scores her eighth Top 40 record with ALICIA at #12.

On the singles chart, 24kGoldn f/Iann Dior’s “Mood” (Black Butter) overtakes “WAP” by Atlantic’s Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion, finishing the week more than 7,000 ahead with 61,000 chart sales, including 7.8 million streams.

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