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YOUR TOP 20
TOOL BELT

Tool will claim the #1 spot on Friday's HITS Top 50 chart, with no help from D2C or a ticket bundle.

  1. *Tool (Volcano/RCA) 240-260k total activity, 220-240k albums
  2. Taylor Swift (Republic) 185-200k, 95-105k
  3. *Lana Del Rey (Interscope) 85-95k, 50-55k
  4. *Lil Tecca (Galactic/Republic) 55-65k, 1-3k
  5. Young Thug (Atlantic) 50-55k, <1k
  6. Lizzo (Atlantic) 37-42k, 7-10k
  7. Billie Eilish (Darkroom/Interscope) 35-40k, 6-8k
  8. Chris Brown (RCA) 30-35k, 4-5k
  9. Ed Sheeran (Atlantic) 28-32k, 3-5k
  10. Khalid (Right Hand Music/Atlantic) 25-28k, 1-3k
  11. Travis Scott (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic) 24-27k. 1-2k
  12. Lil Nas X (Columbia) 21-24k, <1k
  13. Shawn Mendes (Island) 21-24k, <1k
  14. Dreamville & J. Cole (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope) 21-24k, <1k
  15. Post Malone (Republic) 20-23k, <1k
  16. NF (NF Real Music/Caroline) 20-23k, 3-4k
  17. Quality Control: Control The Streets (QC/Motown/Capitol) 19-21k, <1k
  18. Queen - Greatest Hits 1 (Hollywood) 19-21k, 3-4k
  19. Luke Combs (River House/Columbia Nashville) 19-21k, 3-4k
  20. Rick Ross (Epic) 19-21k, 4-5k

 
*DEBUTS

If you've peeped the $45 Tool retail package, you know that in addition to the CD, it contains a video screen and speaker (rechargeable via USB), an elaborate color booklet and a code for MP3 downloads. But did you know that if you open and close the panels in precisely the right order, the package will dispense up to six ounces of fine Stilton? Just keep trying; you'll get it.

SIR LUCIAN
TURNS IT UP
UMG chief is sitting on top of the world. (9/17a)
OCEAN ACTIVITY?
Let's be Frank. (9/17a)
A HARD DAY’S
HITS LIST
Stars across the board (9/17a)
GRAMMYS HAVE A NEW AWARDS CHIEF
Will she be able to clean up the mess? (9/17a)
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES
FOR BOWIE CATALOG
WMG snags a cornucopia of sound and vision. (9/16a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
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