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CHART STORY: KAMIKAZE'S
SKY-HIGH DEBUT

Eminem’s tenth studio album, Kamikaze, smashes into the #1 spot on this week’s Top 50 Chart. According to our calculations, the Shady/Aftermath/Interscope surprise release debuts with a healthy digital-only number of 411k, far outpacing the 267k his Revival did in December. For those keeping track, this is the fourth-biggest entrance of the year, behind Drake, Travis Scott and Post Malone.

It’s not uncommon for an artist’s prior work to bubble up in tandem with a new project’s arrival. In this case, though, it isn’t Revival that’s benefiting from a significant boost. 2005’s Curtain Call, a greatest-hits collection, re-enters at #33.

This week’s second-biggest bow belongs to Capitol’s Troye Sivan, whose Bloom comes in at #4 with 67k. After that, next up is Signature Entertainment/Atlantic’s Why Don’t We, whose 8 Letters moves 45k—enough for the boyband to aptly land at #8.

When it comes to marketshare, UMG is #1 with 69%, WMG follows with 17% and SME is #3 with 13%, while the indies claim 1%. You can nerd out on the whole chart here.

Streeting this week are sets by Capitol’s Paul McCartney, Centricity Music/Capitol’s Lauren Daigle (via Caroline), G59 Records/Caroline’s $uicideboy$, Russ My Way/Columbia’s Russ and Columbia’s Hozier. There’s also the physical release of Em’s Kamikaze.

And that’s all, folks. Of course, we ask that you please forgive us for any potentially incorrect information found above. We’ve been smoking Elon Musk’s weed, and our ambition has lowered almost as much as Tesla’s stock.

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