NEW RELEASES: THE WEEKND'S WEEK

Herbs have been dipped in salt water, and brightly colored eggs have been unearthed. Our holiday work now complete, we offer you, based on early reads, some projections for the week's new releases.

The Weeknd (XO/Republic) 150-175k total, 55-65k album
Rich The Kid (Rich Forever/Interscope) 50-60k, 8-10k
Kacey Musgraves (MCA Nashville) 32-37k, 28-32k

Now if you'll excuse us, we have to schlep across the desert.

HITS LIST:
HOME RUN DERBY
Going yard (7/11a)
NEAR TRUTHS: A TOUR OF THE LANDSCAPE
I.B. will be your guide. (7/15a)
GRAMMY PRE-CHEW:
THREE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIG 4
On your Marks, get set, go. (7/8a)
ON THE COVER:
CHAPPELL ROAN
Half of Island's one-two punch (7/15a)
AUSTIN NEAL STICKS THE LANDING
These two are tight. (7/15a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
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