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YOUR WEEKLY FORECAST

Four titles could be in the running for #1 on this week’s HITS Top 50. New releases from Machine Gun KellyJoji and SuperM plus carryover from Pop Smoke could all be within striking distance by Friday. Here’s where this week’s key new releases stand after one day.

Machine Gun Kelly (Bad Boy/Interscope) 85-95k total activity, 45-50k albums
Joji (88Rising/12Tone) 75-85k, 35-40k
SuperM (SM/Capitol) 70-80k, 65-70k
Tory Lanez (One Umbrella/Create) 40-50k, 2-3k
Deftones (Reprise) 30-40k, 27-35k
Carrie Underwood (Capitol Nashville) 25-28k, 24-27k
Lil Wayne Deluxe (Cash Money/Republic) 15-18k, 2-3k

Carrie Underwood's album, of course, is among the year's earliest big Christmas releases, which reminds us that we need to Purell the chimney.

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We're reading the tea leaves. (6/15a)
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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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