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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.

NEAR TRUTHS:
DEVELOPING STORIES
The kids are almighty. (8/3a)
LEADING OFF:
RON’S BIG RUN
Not your father's Columbia (8/3a)
ON THE COVER
Happier days are here again. (8/3a)
AN AUGUST HITS LIST
Look at the guns on these giants. (8/3a)
GRAMMY CHEW: SEEING BIEBER
It's high time for Justice in the Academy. (8/4a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
From tender shoots to mighty oaks.
MARKETSHARE MANIA
Let's do the numbers.
DELTA VARIANT
It is not the name of a Henry Miller novel.
IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER ROCK STORY?
Could be. Dunno.
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