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#1 A LA MODE (UPDATE)

21 Savage & Metro Boomin’s collaboration album, Savage Mode II (Boominati/Republic/Slaughter Gang/Epic), opens at #1 on the HITS Top 50 with 173k. The duo racked up 200m+ streams for their highly anticipated sequel and posted the biggest first-week total ever for either act as a lead artist.

K-Pop sensations BLACKPINK follow at #2 with their debut full-length, THE ALBUM (YG/Interscope)—one of four IGA titles in the Top 10. The group earns the biggest first week ever for a female K-Pop act with 132k. Driven by their diehard fans, aka “Blinks,” sales accounted for 100k of the total.

Def Jam’s YG snags the #4 spot in late-breaking action with My Life 4Hunnid, which racked up nearly 63k, while RCA’s R&B breakthrough Bryson Tiller lands a Top 5 bow with A N N I V E R S A R Y, notching 59k, good for #5 . Last week’s #1, Machine Gun Kelly, slides to #6 with Tickets to My Downfall (Bad Boy/Interscope), while Interscope’s LANY cracks the Top 10.

12Tone has two acts in the Top 15: Joji, who moves to #13 in his second week with Nectar (88rising), and the iconic Dolly Parton with the yuletide set A Holly Dolly Christmas.

Following a viral TikTok video featuring “Dreams,” Ocean Spray and good vibes, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (Warner) has returned to the upper reaches of the chart. It moves up to #16, a 41% spike.

With the music community and fans across the globe honoring guitar hero Eddie Van Halen's passing earlier this week, Van Halen's Best of, Vol. 1 (Warner) re-enters at #40 and their self-titled debut (also Warner) re-enters at #49.

Streeting this week are new projects from EMI Nashville’s Brothers Osborne, Interscope’s Blocboy JB and TDE’s REASON and special reissues from Sony Legacy’s Sade and Warner’s Linkin Park.

In election news, GOP candidates across the board have asked to have flies put on their heads. Peep the full chart here

 

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