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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.

 

A STAR-SPANGLED
HITS LIST
It's now or never. (7/1a)
BST HYDE PARK: BIGGER THAN EVER
It's the U.K. equivalent of July 4 fireworks. (7/1a)
SADDLE UP:
BEYONCÉ UNVEILS RENAISSANCE ART
She's not horsing around. (7/1a)
SONG REVENUE: DRAKE TAKES
THE CAKE
The rich get richer. (7/1a)
UMG ACQUIRES ALL THINGS ZAPPA
Who's gonna "Freak Out" over this acquisition? (7/1a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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