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TOP 20: LOVER IS A FIGHTER

Young Thug’s Punk (Atlantic) and Drake’s Certified Lover Boy (OVO/Republic) appear to be in a dead heat for #1 this week. We’re giving Punk a slight edge today, but the race could easily go the other way. Should Drake log another week at #1, UMG's 2021 tally of weeks atop the chart will reach 36. This would tie the streaming-era record set by the label group last year. In the run-up to her new album, Adele’s 25 vaults back into the Top 20. Look for her 21 to land on our Top 50 as well. Mac Miller, The Beatles and Coldplay seem to be headed for Top 5 debuts.

In other news, the aforementioned chanteuse's "Easy on Me" is reportedly exacerbating supply-chain issues regarding the 18-box package of Kleenex Trusted Care Facial Tissues (190 tissues per box; 3,420 total tissues).

A STAR-SPANGLED
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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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