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TOP 20: A BEY-BILLIE BATTLE

Ed Sheeran is due to repeat at #1 as Beyoncé’s Lion King-inspired album battles Billie Eilish for the runner-up spot.

  1. Ed Sheeran (Atlantic) 70-75k total activity, 16-19k album
  2. *Beyoncé (Parkwood/Columbia) 49-54k, 11-13k
  3. Billie Eilish (Darkroom/Interscope) 48-53k, 9-11k
  4. Lil Nas X (Columbia) 45-50k, <1k
  5. Dreamville & J. Cole (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope) 40-45k, <1k
  6. Chris Brown (RCA) 35-40k, 1-3k
  7. Lizzo (Nice Life/Atlantic) 30-35k, 3-5k
  8. Khalid (Right Hand Music/RCA) 28-32k, 2-3k
  9. Post Malone (Republic) 23-26k, 1-2k
  10. *Nas (Mass Appeal/Def Jam) 21-24k, 9-11k
  11. Luke Combs (River House/Columbia Nashville) 21-24k, 2-3k
  12. DaBaby (Interscope) 21-24k, <1k
  13. Jonas Brothers (Republic) 20-23k, 3-4k
  14. Ariana Grande (Republic) 20-23k, 1-2k
  15. Drake (YMCMB/Republic) 20-23k, <1k
  16. Mustard (10 Summers/Interscope) 20-23k, <1k
  17. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Republic) 19-22k, 1-2k
  18. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (Hollywood) 18-21k, 4-5k
  19. Polo G (Columbia) 17-20k, <1k
  20. Billie Eilish - Don't Smile At Me (Darkroom/Interscope) 17-20k, 4-5k

*DEBUTS

Speaking of a battle for #2, our 33rd Anniversary Special, 33 and a Turd, will be, er, dropping on your desks very soon. We anticipate an overwhelming sense of shame.

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FOR HITS LIST
Good vibrations (3/5a)
NEAR TRUTHS: UNCORKED
Jay-Z's blingy mountain of cash keeps gaining altitude. (3/5a)
UMG PULLS IN NEARLY
$9B IN 2020
Value keeps rising ahead of IPO. (3/5a)
MILEY JOINS COLUMBIA
Like moving to the apartment next door. (3/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW: THE
PRE-GRAMMY BOUNCE
Let's hear it for ironic guitar-smashing. (3/5a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
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