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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.

TOP 20: HOUSE
ON A HILL
Harry is popular. (5/26a)
SONG REVENUE: HIGHFLIERS
A combined 30 of 50 (5/26a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
SAFE KEEPING
What's the big deal? I.B. Bad has the answers. (5/26a)
STRINGER TOUTS SONY MUSIC TO SHAREHOLDERS
Rob lays out the company strategy (5/26a)
EVP STRIPES FOR UMe'S MURTHY
A total pro gets her due. We bow down. (5/26a)
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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