CHART FINAL: THIS THING WON'T STOP

Big Loud/Mercury/Republic’s Morgan Wallen cruises to a sixth week at #1 on the HITS Top 50 with One Thing at a Time. The 36-track album posts 165k as it approaches 2m in activity for the year—next week it will become 2023’s first album to hit that benchmark. The country phenom’s sophomore blockbuster, Dangerous: The Double Album, ascends to #5 with 46k.

NF Real Music/Virgin’s NF lands the top debut with HOPE, which opens at #2 with 122k. NF’s fifth LP amassed 80k in pure sales, leading all titles in that category this week.

Taylor Swift helps Republic land half the titles in the Top 20, with three of her albums maintaining a commanding presence on the chart amid her stadium trek; Midnights (2022) rambles to #3, Lover (2019) levitates to #11 and folklore (2020) holds steady at #19. Daniel Caesar’s Republic debut, Never Enough, opens at #12 with 32k.

The 20th anniversary of Linkin Park’s Meteora (Warner) lifts the alternative mainstays’ sophomore set to #8 as fans indulge in various anniversary-set offerings.

Streeting this week are new titles by Blackened’s Metallica, NLE Choppa Entertainment/Warner’s NLE Choppa and EMPIRE’s Yung Bleu.

Pro tip for Coachella first-timers: Cannabis-infused tequila is not optimal for hydration.

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The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
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