TOP 20 UPDATE: NOW IT'S A BATTLE

With bigger-than-expected D2C sales now in, BIGHIT/Geffen’s Jung Kook has narrowed the gap and is within striking distance of our current projection for #1, Republic’s Taylor Swift and her rerecorded 1989. How will this battle be resolved? Don't touch that dial. Meanwhile, the late, great Jimmy Buffett is the week's other top debut.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have a date with a pumpkin-spice vape.

HITS LIST: TIME OF THE SEASON
The temperature's rising, it isn't surprising. (6/24a)
LEÓN SINGS NEW TUNE WITH VIRGIN/ISLAND PARTNERSHIP
Done deal (6/24a)
ABRAMS JOINS SWIFT AT WEMBLEY
Travis Kelce was onstage too. (6/23a)
CAA MAKING MOVES WITH PAGLIERANI
She's got an impressive stable of acts. (6/23a)
YOUR SIZZLING SUMMERTIME PHOTO GALLERY
Connecting the faces with the boldfaces. (6/22a)
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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