The challengers are Hollywood’s soundtrack to the red-hot MTV/Paramount movie "Save The Last Dance" and MCA’s Shaggy, whose album is surging on the strength of a pair of hit singles.

THE WEEK IN PREVIEW:
BEAT THE BEATLES?

Seven-Week Chart-Toppers Under Siege From Film-Driven, Radio-Driven Rivals
The Beatles, Julia Stiles of "Dance," Shaggy: Howzat for a three-way?

After seven straight weeks of chart supremacy, Capitol's Beatles find themselves in a three-way battle—one that they're currently losing, according to early sales reports. The challengers are Hollywood's soundtrack to the red-hot MTV/Paramount movie "Save The Last Dance" and MCA's Shaggy, whose album is surging on the strength of a pair of hit singles.

It's too soon to say whether the Beatles will be unseated this week, although they're a distant third at the moment, with roughly half the retailers having reported. If they survive, they'll get a new challenge next week from Epic's Jennifer Lopez (that's J.Lo to you), whose visibility hasn't been this high since she wore that green dress to the Grammys last year.

Most-added at Pop radio this week is Interscope's Mya. Still awaiting most-added at PoMo, so stay tuned.

HITS LIST:
HOME RUN DERBY
Going yard (7/11a)
SONG REVENUE:
SCHLEMIEL, SHABOOZEY
Th epitome of new country (7/11a)
GRAMMY PRE-CHEW:
THREE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIG 4
On your Marks, get set, go. (7/8a)
TOWARD A FRUITFUL GRAMMY SEASON
Our editurr in chief has something on his mined. (7/10a)
SABRINA TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS WITH TOUR MERCH?
Her table's stacked. (7/10a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
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