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For a ninth week, Drake’s Views (YMCMB/Republic) is #1 on our Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart. Meanwhile, The Avett Brothers—another Republic act—had the highest-charting debut with 48k for True Sadness, which appeared at #3. True Sadness (American) scores the #1 spot on the Album Sales Chart with 45k.

XL/Columbia queen Adele shot up to #7 in her 32nd week on the chart, after her 25 became available for streaming worldwide. The gazillion-selling diva also topped the U.K. charts in the wake of a splashy Glastonbury set.

Epic’s compilation of previously released tracks, Epic AF, leapt #25-10, earning another 25k. The move follows the release of DJ Khaled’s latest single (with Jay Z and Future), “I Got the Keys,” which was then added to the aforementioned set. It also follows the label’s buzzed-about live music event, #EpicFest.

Also post-#EpicFest, Future’s EVOL (A1/Freebandz/Epic) jumped #37-26. EVOL was included in a $7.99 sale at iTunes, as was Panic! At The Disco’s Death of a Bachelor (DCD2), which went #45-32.

Speaking of chart bumps, Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo (G.O.O.D./Def Jam) saw an ever bigger one, thanks to the release of his controversial “Famous” video, which featured 12 lifelike, presumably synthetic figures of celebrities—including Kanye, Kim, Taylor Swift and Donald Trump—naked in a bed together.

On a related note, we’d like to clear something up about that video. Sources say ‘Ye drew his inspiration from artist Vincent Desiderio’s 2008 painting “Sleep,” but we know he was more likely inspired by the HITS team photo that hangs in our conference room. Good luck trying to get that image out of your head, buddy!

Anyway, strictly on the album sales side, a selection of rock-oriented albums re-entered the chart, following a 99-cent sale at Google Play. Those are Van Halen’s 1984 (Warner Bros.) at #12, Disturbed’s Ten Thousand Fists (Reprise) at #18, Green Day’s International Superhits (Reprise) at #20 and Avenged Sevenfold’s Hail to the King (Warner Bros.) at #24.

Streeting this week are albums from BMG’s blink-182, Columbia’s Maxwell, Doggy Style/eOne’s Snoop Dogg and Island’s American Authors, as well as RCA labelmates GRACE and Latium’s Magic!.

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