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.

NEAR TRUTHS:
HOWDY, PARTNER
Redrawing the Mason-Dixon Line (5/23a)
A SHINY TOP 20
Ladies' choice (5/23a)
SONG REVENUE: TRIAD
They're in the money. (5/23a)
APPLE MUSIC’S BEST 100 ALBUMS SPURS DEBATE
Let's agree to disagree. (5/23a)
THE COUNT: UPPING THE HEADLINER ANTE
The latest action from the live sector (5/22a)
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
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