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THE AIN'T THAT IS

Luke CombsWhat You See Ain’t Always What You Get (River House/Columbia Nashville) is the early favorite for the #1 spot on this week’s HITS Top 50. The deluxe version of his 2019 album benefits from exceptionally strong streaming, which could make up as much as 75% of its weekly total.

As for singles, Ariana Grande's "positions" (Republic) debuted atop Spotify's U.S. and Global charts, while Combs' "Forever After All" leads on Apple Music's charts. Both tracks are approaching 7m in streams after one day. As Lenny Beer likes to say, that's biiiiig.

Luke Combs (River House/Columbia Nashville) 85-100k total activity, 20-25k albums
Bruce Springsteen (Columbia) 60-70k, 55-65k
Ty Dolla $ign (Atlantic) 35-45k, 1-3k

In political news, early voting among younger voters is reportedly reaching unprecedented levels, a development that could have catastrophic ramifications for both the GOP and sales of Maalox.

 

SURF’S UP
FOR HITS LIST
Good vibrations (3/5a)
NEAR TRUTHS: UNCORKED
Jay-Z's blingy mountain of cash keeps gaining altitude. (3/5a)
UMG PULLS IN NEARLY
$9B IN 2020
Value keeps rising ahead of IPO. (3/5a)
MILEY JOINS COLUMBIA
Like moving to the apartment next door. (3/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW: THE
PRE-GRAMMY BOUNCE
Let's hear it for ironic guitar-smashing. (3/5a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
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