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TOP 50: PARTY LIKE A ROCK-STAR

JYP/Imperial/Republic’s Stray Kids secure their second #1 on the HITS Top 50 in 2023 with the debut of ROCK-STAR, which opens with 227k. The octet is the only K-pop act to bow with activity above 200k this year, having done so twice (their 5-STAR, which dropped in June, did 250k in its debut week). With Taylor Swift (#2), OVO’s Drake (#4) and Big Loud/Mercury’s Morgan Wallen (#5), House Lipman holds four of the Top 5. Rumors that Monte was asking on a Zoom why it didn’t have all five couldn’t be confirmed at press time.

Chris Stapleton also scores a Top 5 bow, with Higher (Mercury Nashville), his fifth set, which enters at #3 with 87k. Other noteworthy debuts come from RCA’s Chris Brown at #9, Motown/NBA’s YoungBoy Never Broke Again at #17, MMG/gamma.’s Rick Ross & Meek Mill at #21, Columbia’s The Kid LAROI at #25 and Mercury’s AJR at #27.

The Beatles’ compilations 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) and 1962-1966 (The Red Album) (Apple/Capitol/UMe) re-enter the chart at #15 and #20, respectively.

Last season’s top holiday seller, Michael Bublé’s Christmas (Reprise), sends the aroma of holiday cookies wafting up this pre-Thanksgiving chart at #38.

Streeting this week are new titles by Butterfly/Big Machine’s Dolly Parton (whose Rockstar is not to be confused with ROCK-STAR), Alamo’s Lil Durk & OTF, Sony Latin’s Ozuna, Epic’s André 3000, Def Jam’s 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne and Capitol’s Queen Naija, as well as Drake’s For All the Dogs: Scary Hours Edition and Lions Gate/Geffen’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes soundtrack.

See the full chart here.

HITS LIST:
HOME RUN DERBY
Going yard (7/11a)
NEAR TRUTHS: A TOUR OF THE LANDSCAPE
I.B. will be your guide. (7/15a)
GRAMMY PRE-CHEW:
THREE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIG 4
On your Marks, get set, go. (7/8a)
ON THE COVER:
CHAPPELL ROAN
Half of Island's one-two punch (7/15a)
AUSTIN NEAL STICKS THE LANDING
These two are tight. (7/15a)
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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