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SONG REVENUE: HOPPED UP
Bad Bunny makes the most of his turn at bat. (5/20a)
TOP 20: KENDRICK
LEADS THE WAY
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/18a)
GREEN AS EVER
A think piece—cool! (5/19a)
FEET OF CLAY AND “TAPDANCING AROUND THE CONVERSATION”: KENDRICK LAMAR’S BREAKTHROUGHS
The K-Dot aesthetic examined (5/20a)
LNX BATHED IN STARLIGHT BY SHOF
23 with a bullet (5/19a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
Blighty Beat
U.K. MIDWEEKS: THE WEEKND SHIFT
1/10/22

The Weeknd could score his third U.K. #1 album this week while Adele and Gayle are locked in a battle for the top spot.

The Weeknd’s Dawn FM (Island) is currently #1  on the U.K.’s Official Albums midweek chart albums while he has three tracks in today’s singles Top 20: “Sacrifice” at #6; “Take My Breath” at #7; and the Swedish House Mafia collaboration, “How Do I Make You Love Me?,” at #15.

Back at albums, David Bowie is eyeing a #2 debut with his posthumous Toy (Toy Box) (Parlophone), a physical release of his scrapped 2000 album of the same name. Bowie, who would have turned 75 on 1/8, could land two other entries in this week’s Top 40: Hunky Dory re-enters at #8 following a new picture disk release to celebrate its 50th anniversary; and greatest hits collection Legacy is up to #17 at the halfway point.

Gunna is on track for his first U.K. Top 10 with DS4Ever (300 Entertainment) currently at #5, while Twin Atlantic’s Transparency (Believe) could debut at #10.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweek chart, less than 1k sales currently separate Gayle’s “Abcdefu” (Atlantic), which is #1 today, and Adele’s “Easy on Me” (Columbia) at #2.

Former American Idol contestant Lauren Spencer-Smith has risen 87 places to #3 with her self-released breakup anthem “Fingers Crossed,” powered by traction on TikTok and social media.

Finally, Lost Frequencies and Calum Scott’s “Where Are You Now?” (Sony) looks set to vault up four places to a new peak at #19.