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TOP 20: REPUBLIC'S RAMPAGE

Morgan Wallen's Dangerous: The Double Album (Big Loud/Republic) extends its run at #1, making it the first country album to spend its first three weeks on top since Taylor Swift's Red in 2012. Republic should score at least four of the Top 5 with Pop Smoke, Taylor and The Weeknd seemingly locked in, achieving what industry statisticians describe as a "holyfuckingshit" kind of week. This means the label has the #1 album overall and the #1 sets in country, hip-hop, singer/songwriter R&B and pop genres. Lil Durk's The Voice (Alamo/Geffen/Interscope) and Ariana Grande's Positions (Republic) appear in a tight race for #5. Should Grande win, that would give Republic the entire Top 5 on Friday's HITS Top 50. In any case, Monte Lipman is pouring hand sanitizer over his head and pretending it's champagne.

In impeachment news, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is forcing a vote on whether or not Senators "think" the impeachment of former President Trump is unconstitutional. Because, you know, nobody feels like looking it up.

 

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FOR HITS LIST
Good vibrations (3/8a)
NEAR TRUTHS: UNCORKED
Jay-Z's blingy mountain of cash keeps gaining altitude. (3/5a)
UMG PULLS IN NEARLY
$9B IN 2020
Value keeps rising ahead of IPO. (3/5a)
MILEY JOINS COLUMBIA
Like moving to the apartment next door. (3/4a)
GRAMMY CHEW: THE
PRE-GRAMMY BOUNCE
Let's hear it for ironic guitar-smashing. (3/5a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
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