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This week’s aggregation of trending topics leads with—what else?—#MeToo, with the embattled Neil Portnow pulling up the rear, and the half-dozen top female execs calling him to task, whom we’ve dubbed “The Six,” emphatically present as well.

Amid what feels very much like a sea change, the world continues to spin on its axis, and there are still 10 records in the Top 10, as Editor in Chief Lenny Beer never tires of saying. Exemplifying this notion are top earner Drake, current chart-topper Justin Timberlake, previous #1 Migos (represented here by handlers Coach K and Pee) and Modern Rock dominatrix Alice Merton. Coming on like gangbusters, meanwhile, are Carrie Underwood, whose new anthem has been chosen by NBC as the anthem of the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, and the Black Panther soundtrack, exec-produced by the formidable duo of Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg.

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NICKI SPEAKS HER MIND AFTER EPIC SHOWDOWN FOR #1
The numbers game. (8/20a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
NEW RELEASES:
A GRANDE-SIZED DEBUT (UPDATE)
Ariana's sweet start. (8/20a)
AMAZON MUSIC RAISES ITS "VOICE"
Alexa, sing to me. (8/20a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch has become an important tool in boosting sales. (8/17a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
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