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NEW RELEASES: KING
KENDRICK RETURNS

For the third consecutive week, the bar for the biggest opening this year has been raised. Kendrick Lamar’s first new album since 2017’s DAMN. is a lock for #1 on this week’s HITS Top 50. The digital-only set, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, is currently projected to reach nearly 400m U.S. streams its first week. At Spotify global, the album collected more than 90m on day one.

Kendrick Lamar (pgLang/TDE/Aftermath/Interscope): 315-325k
Florence + The Machine (Republic): 40-50k

Lamar just dropped a pgLang-produced video for the chart-topping "N95," which is currently #1 on both Apple Music and Spotify. Watch it below. 

A STAR-SPANGLED
HITS LIST
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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