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WEEK IN PREVIEW:
BEASTIE BOYS THE BOMB
First Album in Six Years a Runaway #1
As the retail reports continue to be tallied and the numbers re-sifted and analysed by the esteemed sales analysts who make our humble Sherman Oaks stink-tank tick, the news isn’t exactly unexpected: Yes, the Beastie BoysTo the 5 Boroughs (Capitol) will be #1 on this week’s chart.

Driven by a major radio, MTV and press story for first single “Ch-Check It Out,” the new album is proving the Beasties can still dominate 18 years after Licensed to Ill.

Indeed, their first album since 1998’s Hello Nasty appears likely to log first-week sales in the 350k-400k range, putting it well ahead of last week’s #1, Velvet Revolver’s Contraband (RCA), which is expected to settle by the usual 50% in its second week, barring a serious boost from Father’s Day weekend, which at this point does not seem to have been a major factor.

The rest of the Top Five should end up being some combination of last week’s Top Five, which included Usher’s Confessions (LaFace/ZLG), Avril Lavigne’s Under My Skin (Arista/RMG), Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party (Epic/Sony Nashville) and Hoobastank’s The Reason (Island/IDJ), each of which may have received a modest F-day lift.
BIEBER POSTPONES TOUR
New dates to be announced soon. (4/1a)
TOURING IN 2020:
HOW IT LOOKS NOW
Uncertainty from coast to coast (4/1a)
LIVE NATION CREATES CREW NATION,
PLEDGES $10M
Very cool move (4/1a)
REVENUE CHART:
LOONEY WEEKND
MVP frontunner of 2020 (4/1a)
VIRTUAL CONCERT AND LIVESTREAM ROUNDUP (UPDATED DAILY)
Giving home entertainment new meaning (4/1a)
WE FOUND SOME TOILET PAPER
Also known as back issues of HITS.
SOCIAL DISTANCING
We turn out to be pioneers.
STREAMING STORIES
The music doc shows new muscle.
ELECTION 2020
Not postponed yet.
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