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HITS LIST SLIPS
INTO SUMMER
Fire up the grill. (5/28a)
TOP 50: SWIFT'S STREAK GROWS; BILLIE'S BIGGEST BOW YET
Ladies' choice (5/24a)
A PRE-SUMMER PHOTO GALLERY
Each worth a thousand words (5/27a)
DOJ FILES ANTITRUST LAWSUIT AGAINST LIVE NATION
A game of Monopoly on Capitol Hill (5/24a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
HOWDY, PARTNER
Redrawing the Mason-Dixon Line (5/24a)
THE NEW UMG
Gosh, we hope there are more press releases.
TIKTOK BANNED!
Unless the Senate manages to make this whole thing go away, that is.
THE NEW HUGE COUNTRY ACT
No, not that one.
TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN PLAYLIST
Now 100% unlicensed!
Blighty Beat
U.K. MIDWEEKS: ARI SHINES BRIGHT
3/11/24

Ariana Grande’s eternal sunshine (Republic) has taken the early lead in the race for this week’s Official Albums #1 while Beyoncé is settling in for a full month atop singles.

Grande’s seventh album is in position to be her fifth chart-topper in the U.K. She most recently hit #1 in 2020 with Positions.

Eyeing a #2 debut this is Judas Priest’s Invincible Shield (Columbia). The 19th studio set from the Birmingham-born heavy metal band could earn them a career-best entry; their previous peak was #4 with 1980’s British Steel.

Bleachers is also looking at a personal best as the eponymous fourth studio album (Dirty Hit) from Jack Antonoff’s band is currently #3. A Bananarama compilation, Glorious—The Ultimate Collection (London), is #6 and potentially their first Top 10 entry in 36 years. Another blast from the past, Girls Aloud’s 2004 record What Will the Neighbours Say? (Polydor), is #10 following a 20th anniversary reissue on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

A 20th anniversary red vinyl edition of Kylie Minogue’s Body Language (Parlophone) has pushed it to #11; Grace Petrie’s Build Something Better (Robot Needs Home) is #17.

At singles, Beyoncé’s “TEXAS HOLD ‘EM” (Parkwood/Columbia) is in position to become her longest-running chart-topper in the U.K. to date.

Grande has three eternal sunshine tracks in the Top 20: “yes, and?” is up seven to #4 while two new entries, “why can’t we be friends (wait for your love)” and “bye” are #6 and #11, respectively.

Billie Eilish’s Oscar-winner “What Was I Made For?” (Interscope) is already making a return to the Top 20 following its release on vinyl. Will the Academy Award victory push it even further up the chart?