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CHART STORY: WHAT A WEEKND

At the end of a truly unbelievable week for the world and the biz, there’s still a #1 album on our HITS Top 50 chart—and it’s a biggie. The Weeknd delivers the biggest debut of his career, and of 2020, with After Hours (XO/Republic), moving a whopping 445k units. His monster set has earned well over 200m streams, with sales providing 60% of the total. Pre-release streams and sales from platinum singles “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless” put After Hours at 800k+ in activity to date.

Republic lands the other top debut with Conan Gray’s debut album, Kid Krow, which bows at #5 with 47k. Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding at #7 gives the House of Lipman a Top 10 trifecta.

Re-entering at #9 is Kenny RogersBest Of… (Capitol Nashville), the result of fans mourning the country trailblazer’s passing on Friday, 3/20, by diving into The Gambler’s career hits.

Singer/songwriter Kelsea Ballerini enters at #11 with her third studio LP, kelsea (Black River), followed by Wolf+Rothstein/RCA’s Childish Gambino at #14 with 3.15.20., as Donald Glover’s spontaneous, early-Sunday-morning drop hits 25k in its shortened week of activity. UMLE’s J Balvin bows at #15 with Colores.

Notable projects streeting this week include Warner’s buzzing Dua Lipa, Interscope’s Trevor Daniel and 5 Seconds of Summer, OVO Sound/Warner’s PARTYNEXTDOOR, Warner Nashville’s Ingrid Andress and Monkeywrench/Republic’s Pearl Jam. Stay safe, wash your hands and don’t touch me.

Find the full chart here.

MAYBE, JUST MAYBE: THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED
Easing back out there (6/15a)
1 TRENDING TOPIC: “LEVITATING” TO #1
How'd they do that? (6/15a)
SIGNS OF HITS LIST
We're reading the tea leaves. (6/15a)
REOPENING DELAY CRIPPLES LIVE BIZ
"Variant" is a scary word right now. (6/15a)
MUSIC’S HOTTEST FIRMS: GRUBMAN SHIRE MEISELAS & SACKS
Is there a lawyer in the house? (6/15a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
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