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THE WEEKND
GOES KABOOM

With his big debut—likely boosted by a literally incendiary VMAs perf and his appearance on two Apple ads—The Weeknd is on track to have the #2 debut and #8 album with TEA of the year in his first week.

Adding the 520k TEA of the previously released four tracks, plus the current first-week projection of 385-410k, that would put the XO/Republic breakout on track to do around total 900-925k TEA year-to-date. That would enable him to edge out Fall Out Boy for Top 10 YTD sales, and place him behind only labelmate and fellow Toronto native Drake for the year's top debut.

Meanwhile, could The Weeknd overtake Drake in streams? His Beauty Behind The Madness raked in over 20m streams in only three days. This new piece of info raises our overall SPS projection to 385-410k. 

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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