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CHART STORY: AND A MERRY NEW YEAR

Call it a Christmas miracle—or maybe a little extra oil for Hanukkah—but RCA's Pentatonix have notched their second consecutive week at #1 on our SPS and Album Sales charts. Despite a 50% drop (with Christmas coming early in the week), the a cappella quintet racked up nearly 101k SPS.

XO/Republic's The Weeknd, down just 7%, claims the #2 spot with 93k+, followed by WMG's Bruno Mars at #3 (87k, -24%) and Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope's  J. Cole (77k, -16%) with Hamilton rounding out the Top 5 at 55k+ (-4%).

Twenty One Pilots (53k, +50%), Disney's Moana (52k, +6%) and YMCMB/ Republic's Drake (49k, +49%) follow; Pilots and Drake both surged on bargain pricing at iTunes. The death of George Michael caused a surge for his hits collection Twenty Five and its associated tracks; the late pop giant lands at #9 with about 48k. Another Pentatonix set, 2014's  That's Christmas to Me, hangs in at #10 with 47k.

The Weeknd, driven largely by streaming, takes the #8 spot on the Album chart, where Pearl's Garth Brooks (#5, 37k+), Blackened's Metallica (#6, 34k+) and Interscope's Rolling Stones (#9, 32k) all appear in the Top 10.

Please note that due to holiday-related issues, this week's charts are based on more limited information than usual. Now pass the bubbly and roll that chronic, buster; it's time to let this kidney stone of a year finally pass.

NEAR TRUTHS:
A WORSE MOUSETRAP
Feeling the burn of the Hot 100. (5/29a)
OSEARY ERA ENDS
AT MAVERICK
But don't expect Madge's man to go on "Holiday." (5/29a)
HITS LIST IS ALL WET
Your Top 10 talking points, updated (5/29a)
LADY GAGA DELIVERS
Superstar and her team call an audible. (5/29a)
AIRHEAD: HOW TO WIN THE HOT 100
You just need these six credit cards... (5/29a)
SHORT WEEK
Enjoy being even more confused by the calendar.
BLACK MUSIC MONTH
Celebrating the music that fuels the biz.
INSTACART
Dammit, we said DILL pickles!.
TRUMP SAID WHAT, NOW?
Just wondering if you still give a fuck.
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