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NEW RELEASES: GRANDE OPENING

Ariana Grande will land at #1 on this week's HITS Top 50 with her sixth studio album, Positions (Republic). The album—which will mark her fifth #1 debut—is projecting 240-260k, making it her second-biggest opening; last year's thank u, next started at 360k. With nearly 100m worldwide streams, Ari claimed the entirety of the Top 14 10/31 on Spotify's U.S. chart.

Ariana Grande (Republic) 240-260k total activity, 60-70k albums
Trippie Redd (TenThousand/Caroline) 60-70k, 2-3k
Sam Smith (Capitol) 40-50k, 20-25k
Queen Naija (Capitol) 24-28k, 3-5k

Now head to the polls.

 

HITS LIST HITS THE HOME STRETCH
Won't be long now. (11/29a)
CHART FINAL: TASTIER THAN LEFTOVER GIBLETS
The Lipmans are thankful for their superstars. (11/28a)
THE LENNY BEER
PRE-HOLIDAY ALBUM
There's light at the end of the tunnel. (11/28a)
CHARLES KOPPELMAN, 1940-2022
An entrepreneur who knew everybody and had a good jump shot. (11/28a)
SONG REVENUE: TURKEY TROT
The rich get richer. (11/28a)
GRAMMY SEASON
Artists sound off on the prospect of being nominated
CATALOG ECONOMICS
They're changing the game... for some.
VOTING AGAINST FASCISM
You're helping with the runoff, right?
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
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