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NEW RELEASES: BEAUTY, BADLANDS IN THE MARKETPLACE (UPDATE)

AHere's how Friday's new releases are shaping up. The Weeknd's VMA visibility drove his streaming numbers up; his first-week sales for Beauty Behind the Madness will easily exceed the entire life to date of 2013’s Kiss Land. Even if he hits even the low end of the range below, he'll have the second-biggest bow of the year, after Drake, and could beat Drake's streaming numbers. Meanwhile, Halsey is picking up momentum.

The Weeknd (XO/Republic) 325-340k albums, 385-410k SPS
Halsey (Astralwerks/Capitol) 90-95k, 100-105k
Ben Rector (APTLY NAMED) 23-26k, 24-27k
Maddie & Tae (Dot/BMLG) 20-23k, 22-25k

 Please note, as usual, info on Saturday morning is somewhat limited. Expect updated projections on Monday morning. In the meantime, check out our reviews of The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness and Halsey’s Badlands.

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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