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OF THE RACE

Drake easily tops Friday’s SPS chart but it’s another story when it comes to sales. Drake has taken the lead as of today, but with three days left in the chart week, anything can happen as Beyoncé and Radiohead continue to nip at his heels.

SALES
Drake (YMCMB/Republic) 155-165k
Beyoncé (Columbia) 140-150k
*Radiohead (XL) 140-150k
*Keith Urban (Capitol Nashville) 80-85k
*Cole Swindell (Warner Bros. Nashville) 65-70k
Adele (XL/Columbia) 39-43k
Prince, The Very Best of Prince (Warner Bros.) 37–41k
Chris Stapleton (Mercury Nashville) 25-29k
Now 58 (NOW) 23-27k
*Andy Black (Republic) 15-19k
Rihanna (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) 12-16k
*Rittz (Strange Music) 11-14k
*Goo Goo Dolls (Warner Bros.) 11-14k
Hamilton (Uptown) 11-14k
Prince, Purple Rain (Warner Bros.) 10–13k 

SPS
Drake (YMCMB/Republic) 275-295k
Beyoncé (Columbia) 220-240k
*Radiohead (XL) 150-155k
*Keith Urban (Capitol Nashville) 88-93k
*Cole Swindell (Warner Bros. Nashville) 74-79k
Prince, The Very Best of Prince (Warner Bros.) 49–53k
Adele (XL/Columbia) 45-49k
Rihanna (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) 44-48k
Chris Stapleton (Mercury Nashville) 30-34k
Justin Bieber (Def Jam) 27-31k
Now 58 (NOW) 24-28k
*Mike Posner (Island) 23-26k
Twenty One Pilots (Fueled by Ramen) 23-26k
Prince, Purple Rain (Warner Bros.) 22–25k
Kanye West (G.O.O.D./Def Jam) 22-25k

In political news, Donald Trump has dispatched Dr. Ben Carson to smooth things over with the skeptical House GOP leader, Paul Ryan. Dr. Carson has apparently promised to take Ryan for a ride in his starship "as soon as the wolves in my head stop howling." 

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Would you like some Swiss cheese with your nachos?
ALEXANDER HAMILTON
Oh, sorry--we were just singing to ourselves.
MARY TRUMP
Family is everything.
K-POP STANS
Are they coming for Kanye? Yes.
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