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Guardians

GALAXY QUEST: What do you get when you combine Marvel’s record-breaking new superhero adventure with an eclectic batch of classic-rock and retro-pop gems? Another major soundtrack for Disney, it seems. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 is benefiting from the film’s monster box-office bow—but also from its foregrounding of songs like Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” and the Five Stairsteps’ “O-O-H Child”—to hurtle toward the Top 5 in its first week, possibly debuting as high as 50k. The soundtrack hit #1 at iTunes in 22 global markets (including the U.S., of course) and Top 5 in 37. That’s pretty Groot. Er, great. (8/4a)

SONG REVENUE: HOPPED UP
Bad Bunny makes the most of his turn at bat. (5/20a)
TOP 20: KENDRICK
LEADS THE WAY
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/18a)
GREEN AS EVER
A think piece—cool! (5/19a)
FEET OF CLAY AND “TAPDANCING AROUND THE CONVERSATION”: KENDRICK LAMAR’S BREAKTHROUGHS
The K-Dot aesthetic examined (5/20a)
LNX BATHED IN STARLIGHT BY SHOF
23 with a bullet (5/19a)
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.
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