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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.

 

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