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MERCURY ORBITS AJR
The Met brothers have a new label home. (5/17a)
NEW RELEASES: KING
KENDRICK RETURNS
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/17a)
PRIDE & JOY
From the archives (5/17a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS: Q2 EDITION
Place your bets here. (5/17a)
STREAMING SONGS: SUMMER HEAT
His lucky number is 23. (5/16a)
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: A RAGING FIRE
5/9/22

Arcade Fire leads the way at the Official Albums Chart at the mid-week with an all-new Top 5 possible come Friday. At singles, it’s still Harry Styles’ domain.

Win Butler and company’s WE (Columbia) looks set to become their fourth U.K. #1 following 2017’s Everything Now, 2013’s Reflektor and 2010’s The Suburbs.

Behind them at #2 is Sigrid’s second album How to Let Go (Island), Soft Cell’s first album in over 20 years, *Happiness Not Included (BMG) at #3, London rapper KnucksAlpha Place (Nodaysoff) at #4 and, finally, Halestorm’s Back from the Dead (Parlophone).

Another three titles are eyeing Top 10 debuts: Belle & Sebastian’s 10th studio album A Bit of Previous (Matador) at #6; Jack Harlow’s Come Home the Kids Miss You (Atlantic); and Warpaint’s first album in six years, Radiate Like This (Heirlooms).

Sharon Von Etten’s We’ve Been Going About this All Wrong (Jagjaguwar) is #11 and a limited-edition vinyl release of Kylie Minogue’s Infinite Disco (BMG) could enter the Top 40 for the first time; it’s #12. At #13, Emeli Sande may nab her fourth Top 40 album with Let’s Say For Instance (Chrysalis); Boyzlife’s Old School is #15.

Neil Young has three releases from his Official Bootleg Series on Warner that could wind up in the Top 40: Citizen Kane Jr Blues; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 1971; and Royce Hall, 1971.

At singles, Styles is again racing ahead of the competition, looking to secure a massive sixth consecutive week at #1 with “As It Was” (Columbia).

Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” (Nice Life/Atlantic) is poised to be this week’s big climber, up 11 to #4. Taylor Swift’s surprise release “This Love (Taylor’s Version)” (EMI), currently #12, is set to become this week’s highest new entry. Harlow may secure two new entries in the Top 40: “Churchill Downs” f/Drake and “Dua Lipa.”