NEW RELEASES: STILL A COLE WORLD

With only 12 songs and no physical product, J. Cole’s The Off-Season (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope) will make a run for the biggest first week so far this year. The current champ is Taylor Swift’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version) (Republic) at 291k. Nicki Minaj’s repackaged Beam Me Up Scotty (Republic), lands with three new songs added to the 12-year-old mixtape.

Here’s what we know today:

J. Cole (Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope): 280-310k total activity; 35-40k albums
Nicki Minaj (Republic): 65-75k; 9-11k
Alan Jackson (EMI Nashville): 28-32k; 21-24k

One concern we have regarding the return to normal: Is it still okay to wear sweatpants every single day?

THE VIEW FROM
HITS LIST
Time to get the hell outta Dodge. (7/24a)
TOP 25 DEBUTS, 2023 TO NOW
We're impressed but not surprised. (7/23a)
YOU'LL FORGIVE US IF WE'RE A LITTLE DISTRACTED RIGHT NOW.
Today feels different. (7/22a)
EMINEM'S STREAK AT #1: LET'S DO THE NUMBERS
He's a one-man dynasty. (7/22a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MIDYEAR MOMENTUM
The score at the half (7/19a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
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