A HEAVYWEIGHT BATTLE FOR #1

There's a heavyweight showdown at the top as the race for #1 is too close to call. Drake's surprise release, Dark Lane Demo Tapes, gets a slight edge with streams currently projected to over 275 million. Country legend Kenny Chesney's Here And Now is close behind thanks to a strong ticket bundle.

Drake (OVO/Republic) 230-255k total activity, 18-23k albums
Kenny Chesney (Blue Chair/Warner Nashville) 220-235k, 210-220k

Do you think if the inside of the fridge took a flash photo of us every time we opened it and then posted it on our social feeds we'd open the fridge less often? Asking for, like, 6,000 friends.

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