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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 23, 2018

The Star of Christmas week.

DEBUTS
39. Seeb x Bastille – Grip
37. Ariana Grande – Imagine | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
35. Avril Lavigne – Tell Me It’s Over (40)
31. Greg Holden – Something Beautiful (37)
24. The Strumbellas – Salvation (32) | BIGGEST MOVER
19. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999 (25)
11. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (18)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (08) | PEAK: #07
08. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
07. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (10) | PEAK: #07
06. Backstreet Boys – Chances (07) | PEAK: #06
05. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (05) | PEAK: #05
04. Maggie Rogers – Light On (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (06) | PEAK: #03
02. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (4)
2. Sara Bareilles – Armor (2)
3. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (5)
4. Jess Glynne – Thursday (9)
5. Stephen Puth – Sexual Vibe (-)
6. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (7)
7. Kian – Waiting (-)
8. Alice Merton – Funny Business (-)
9. American Authors featuring Bear Rinehart – Neighborhood (-)
10. Elle King – Baby Outlaw (-)

In The Mix:
James TW – Soldier
Sasha Sloan – Older

Chart Notes:

  • On this week’s survey, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper hold firmly at #1 for the third consecutive week with “Shallow”, while The Strumbellas claim the Biggest Mover with “Salvation”, up eight spots to #24 in its second week on the list. At #37, Ariana Grande has the week’s Highest Debut with “Imagine”, another cut from her forthcoming studio album. The tune hasn’t officially been serviced to any radio format yet, though several stations have it in a more consistent rotation. A new collaboration from Seeb x Bastille also bows in the top 40: “Grip” starts at #39. The latter band is coming off the #1 song “Happier” with Marshmello, still in the top ten, which spent four weeks at the top. Have a lovely Christmas!

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ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2018: Part One, 100-61

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! According to my tabulations, these titles ranked as the most successful on my personal chart. 2018 may have been a doozy on the political front, but in the musical world, plenty of great singles and performers made their mark on my listening habits this year. “Love” was a constant presence in the top 40 for much of the last twelve months, from “Love So Soft” to “Love Someone” to “Say Love” and many others. We also found a “New” perspective from big titles like “New Light” and “New Rules”. “High Hopes”, “High Horse” and “Hell Or High Water” kept us in the heights of a diverse year for sounds, while “You”, “Me” and everybody in-between got their equal share of pop pronouns. Phew… that was a lot, and there’s much more to come! Who will spread the word and have my #1 song at the end of the countdown?

Well, grab your headphones and let’s get to counting. Check out the first 40 songs on my Top 100 of 2018…

The 2018 chart year encompasses a period of 52 weekly surveys from the chart dated December 3, 2017 to the chart dated November 25, 2018. Peaks listed reflect the highest position reached by the final list of this period. For any ties in points, a song with the higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks at a song’s peak position and the amount of time charted in the top 40. 171 titles had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, a decrease from the 176 that did so in 2017.

100. BÜLOW, “Two Punks In Love”
Album: (single only)
Label: Wax/Republic
Peak: #19

99. ALEC BENJAMIN, “Let Me Down Slowly”
Album: Narrated For You
Label: Artist Partner Group/Atlantic
Peak: #14+

98. P!NK, “What About Us”
Album: Beautiful Trauma
Label: RCA
Peak: #1 for three weeks (2017 Chart Year)

97. OCEAN PARK STANDOFF, “If You Were Mine”
Album: (single only)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #20

96. SNOW PATROL, “Empress”
Album: Wildness
Label: Republic
Peak: #20

95. TAYLOR SWIFT featuring ED SHEERAN & FUTURE, “End Game”
Album: Reputation
Label: Big Machine/Republic
Peak: #20

94. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, “Filthy”
Album: Man Of The Woods
Label: RCA
Peak: #15

93. MAROON 5 featuring SZA, “What Lovers Do”
Album: Red Pill Blues
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #6 (2017 Chart Year)

92. THE DRIVER ERA, “Preacher Man”
Album: (single only)
Label: TOO/Artist Cooperative
Peak: #19

91. THE HEAD AND THE HEART, “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
Album: (single only)
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #12

90. SERENA RYDER, “Ice Age”
Album: Electric Love (EP)
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #19

89. LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER, “Shallow”
Album: A Star Is Born (Soundtrack)
Label: Interscope
Peak: #5+

88. CHRISTINA AGUILERA featuring DEMI LOVATO, “Fall In Line”
Album: Liberation
Label: RCA
Peak: #16

87. SHERYL CROW featuring ANNIE CLARK, “Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You”
Album: (single only)
Label: Independent
Peak: #18

86. ARIANA GRANDE, “Breathin”
Album: Sweetener
Label: Republic
Peak: #18

85. REX ORANGE COUNTY featuring BENNY SINGS, “Loving Is Easy”
Album: (single only)
Label: AWAL
Peak: #17

84. ZEDD & ELLEY DUHÉ, “Happy Now”
Album: (single only)
Label: Interscope
Peak: #16

83. LIAM PAYNE & J BALVIN, “Familiar”
Album: (single only)
Label: Republic
Peak: #18

82. BISHOP BRIGGS, “Dream”
Album: Church Of Scars
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #15

81. ED SHEERAN, “Perfect”
Album: ÷
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #2 (2017 Chart Year)

80. SIGRID, “Sucker Punch”
Album: Sucker Punch
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #8+

79. BRYNN ELLIOTT, “Might Not Like Me”
Album: Time Of Our Lives (EP)
Label: Big Yellow Dog/Atlantic
Peak: #17

78. ANDY GRAMMER, “Smoke Clears”
Album: The Good Parts
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
Peak: #15

77. LUKAS GRAHAM, “Love Someone”
Album: 3 (The Purple Album)
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #14

76. WHY DON’T WE, “Trust Fund Baby”
Album: (single only)
Label: Signature Entertainment/Atlantic
Peak: #14

75. LENNY KRAVITZ, “Low”
Album: Raise Vibration
Label: Roxie/BMG
Peak: #15

74. MAT KEARNEY & RAC, “Memorized”
Album: Mat Kearney
Label: Tomorrow/Caroline
Peak: #12

73. LIAM PAYNE & RITA ORA, “For You (Fifty Shades Freed)”
Album: Fifty Shades Freed (Soundtrack)
Label: Universal Studios-Republic
Peak: #11

72. AVRIL LAVIGNE, “Head Above Water”
Album: Head Above Water
Label: BMG
Peak: #2+

71. LIAM PAYNE, “Bedroom Floor”
Album: (single only)
Label: Republic
Peak: #8

70. SNOW PATROL, “Don’t Give In”
Album: Wildness
Label: Republic
Peak: #14

69. PARAMORE, “Rose-Colored Boy”
Album: After Laughter
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
Peak: #13

68. JAMES ARTHUR, “Naked”
Album: (single only)
Label: Syco/Columbia
Peak: #12

67. BLUE OCTOBER, “I Hope You’re Happy”
Album: I Hope You’re Happy
Label: Up/Down-Brando/RED
Peak: #10

66. ANNE-MARIE, “2002”
Album: Speak Your Mind
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #14

65. KELLY CLARKSON, “Love So Soft”
Album: Meaning Of Life
Label: Atlantic/RRP
Peak: #2 (2017 Chart Year)

64. KT TUNSTALL, “The River”
Album: WAX
Label: Rostrum/INgrooves
Peak: #10

63. JESSE MCCARTNEY, “Better With You”
Album: (single only)
Label: Blue Suit/AWAL
Peak: #14

62. SILK CITY & DUA LIPA, “Electricity”
Album: Dua Lipa (Complete Edition)
Label: Columbia
Peak: #10

61. U2, “Get Out Of Your Own Way”
Album: Songs Of Experience
Label: Interscope
Peak: #13

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2018 tomorrow…

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 16, 2018

Born to be #1.

DEBUTS
40. Avril Lavigne – Tell Me It’s Over
39. Kesha – Here Comes The Change
37. Greg Holden – Something Beautiful
32. The Strumbellas – Salvation | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
28. P!nk – A Million Dreams (33)
18. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (28) | BIGGEST MOVER — two weeks
15. Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next (21)
(see #7 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Michael Bublé – Love You Anymore (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (05) | PEAK: #03
08. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (07) | PEAK: #07
07. Backstreet Boys – Chances (15) | PEAK: #07
06. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (10) | PEAK: #06
05. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (06) | PEAK: #05
04. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
03. Maggie Rogers – Light On (04) | PEAK: #03
02. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (02) | PEAK: #01 for two weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Katy Perry – Cozy Little Christmas (1)
2. Sara Bareilles – Armor (3)
3. A Great Big World – Wrap Me Up Under The Christmas Tree (2)
4. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (10)
5. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (4)
6. Seeb x Bastille – Grip (8)
7. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (7)
8. Ariana Grande – Imagine (-)
9. Jess Glynne – Thursday (9)
10. Ingrid Michaelson featuring Leslie Odom Jr. – All I Want For Christmas Is You (-)

In The Mix:
Alice Merton – Funny Business
Elle King – Baby Outlaw
James TW – Soldier
Sasha Sloan – Older
Stephen Puth – Sexual Vibe (new)
The Monkees – Unwrap You At Christmas

Chart Notes:

  • As Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper hold at #1 on my personal chart for the second week with “Shallow” from the film A Star Is Born, four new tracks land on my chart, a notable difference from last week. Coming in the highest, at #32, is a new one from the Canadian group The Strumbellas. “Salvation” is their third entry on my list; two years ago, “Spirits” reached #2 for three weeks, becoming their biggest hit so far. Landing at #37, songwriter Greg Holden debuts with his first top 40 hit as a singer with “Something Beautiful”. He’s previously written for acts such as A Great Big World and Phillip Phillips. A little further down the list, notable debuts from Kesha (“Here Comes The Change”, #39) and Avril Lavigne (“Tell Me It’s Over”, #40) also grace the chart, the former of which is featured in the film On The Basis Of Sex.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 9, 2018

Reaching for the Star.

DEBUTS
(none)

TOP GAINERS
31. James Arthur & Anne-Marie – Rewrite The Stars (36)
29. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999 (38)
28. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (40) | BIGGEST MOVER
15. Backstreet Boys – Chances (23)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly (12) | PEAK: #10
09. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (06) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
08. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (07) | PEAK: #02
07. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (08) | PEAK: #07
06. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (09) | PEAK: #06
05. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (04) | PEAK: #03
04. Maggie Rogers – Light On (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (03) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (01) | PEAK: #01 for one week
01. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Katy Perry – Cozy Little Christmas (1)
2. A Great Big World – Wrap Me Up Under The Christmas Tree (2)
3. Sara Bareilles – Armor (3)
4. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (4)
5. The Strumbellas – Salvation (-)
6. Foster The People – Worst Nites (5)
7. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (7)
8. Seeb x Bastille – Grip (-)
9. Jess Glynne – Thursday (9)
10. Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (-)

In The Mix:
Alice Merton – Funny Business
Elle King – Baby Outlaw
Ingrid Michaelson featuring Leslie Odom Jr. – All I Want For Christmas Is You James TW – Soldier
Jim Brickman featuring Luke McMaster – Raise A Glass (It’s Christmastime!)
Sasha Sloan – Older
The Monkees – Unwrap You At Christmas

Chart Notes:

  • From A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper lead my personal chart this week with “Shallow”, rising 2-1. It marks the first duet from a movie to reach #1 on my chart since 2017’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” from Fifty Shades Darker, a two-week chart-topper for ZAYN and Taylor Swift. For more notable collaborations, one claims the title of my Biggest Mover for the week: “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” by Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus is up from 40-28. Though it’s an empty week for debuts this time around, look for some good action next Sunday. Additionally, watch out for my Top 100 of 2018 real soon: it’s starting up on December 17!

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: December 2, 2018

“Head” of the chart.

DEBUTS
40. Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
39. Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You
38. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999 | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
29. George Ezra – Hold My Girl (36) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
27. Carly Rae Jepsen – Party For One (32)
23. Backstreet Boys – Chances (30) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
18. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (24)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity (11) | PEAK: #10
09. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (12) | PEAK: #09
08. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (04) | PEAK: #02
06. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (06) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
05. Maggie Rogers – Light On (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (03) | PEAK: #03
03. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
02. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (05) | PEAK: #02
01. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (02) | PEAK: #01 for one week | NEW #1

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Katy Perry – Cozy Little Christmas (9)
2. A Great Big World – Wrap Me Up Under The Christmas Tree (8)
3. Sara Bareilles – Armor (7)
4. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (5)
5. Foster The People – Worst Nites (4)
6. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (2)
7. Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (-)
8. Ingrid Michaelson featuring Leslie Odom Jr. – All I Want For Christmas Is You (10)
9. Jess Glynne – Thursday (-)
10. Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith – Party Of One (6)

In The Mix:
Alice Merton – Funny Business (new)
Elle King – Baby Outlaw
Freya Ridings – Lost Without You (new)
James TW – Soldier
Jim Brickman featuring Luke McMaster – Raise A Glass (It’s Christmastime!)
Maddie Poppe – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Sasha Sloan – Older (new)
Snow Patrol – What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?
The Monkees – Unwrap You At Christmas
The Strumbellas – Salvation (new)

Chart Notes:

  • Scoring her first #1 single on my chart since 2002’s “Sk8er Boi”, a 16-year (!) gap, Avril Lavigne is up from 2-1 on my current update with “Head Above Water”. The track falls just short of the record established by “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Backstreet Boys a few months back, which became that act’s first #1 hit on my chart in nearly 17 years. It’s also a pretty nice week for debuts, led by “1999” by Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan at #38. Sivan is aiming for his third chart-topper on my survey, having previously led with 2016’s “Youth” and 2018’s “My My My!”, while Charli XCX is looking for her first. Jack & Jack debut just below that collaboration at #39 with “No One Compares To You”. Their new one is their second release to chart here, with “Beg” ranking on my list earlier this year. Finally, new at #40, Mark Ronson unites with Miley Cyrus for the hit “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”. Currently in the top five on iTunes in the U.S. and internationally, the single comes from Ronson’s forthcoming studio album, due next year.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 25, 2018

Only happy when it reigns.

DEBUTS
40. James Arthur & Anne-Marie – Rewrite The Stars
36. George Ezra – Hold My Girl | HIGHEST DEBUT

TOP GAINERS
30. Backstreet Boys – Chances (36)
24. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (29)
20. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (27) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie)
12. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (19) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — three weeks

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. KT Tunstall – The River (10) | PEAK: #10
09. Dave Matthews Band – Again And Again (06) | PEAK: #06
08. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (08) | PEAK: #08
07. Maggie Rogers – Light On (09) | PEAK: #07
06. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (05) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
05. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (07) | PEAK: #05
04. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (02) | PEAK: #02
03. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (04) | PEAK: #02
01. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (01) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You (1)
2. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (4)
3. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999 (9)
4. Foster The People – Worst Nites (8)
5. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (2)
6. Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith – Party Of One (6)
7. Sara Bareilles – Armor (7)
8. A Great Big World – Wrap Me Up Under The Christmas Tree (-)
9. Katy Perry – Cozy Little Christmas (-)
10. Ingrid Michaelson featuring Leslie Odom Jr. – All I Want For Christmas Is You (-)

In The Mix:
Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris – I Found You
Elle King – Baby Outlaw
James Arthur – Empty Space
James TW – Soldier
Jess Glynne – Thursday
Jim Brickman featuring Luke McMaster – Raise A Glass (It’s Christmastime!) (new)
Maddie Poppe – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (new)
Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me
Snow Patrol – What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?
The Monkees – Unwrap You At Christmas (new)

Chart Notes:

  • For its fourth and potentially final week at the top, “Happier” by Marshmello x Bastille continues to lead the way on on my personal chart. The collaboration becomes Bastille’s longest-running #1 title on my list, surpassing “Good Grief” and its three-week run in 2016. Looking to land his third consecutive #1 hit here, George Ezra has the week’s Highest Debut at #36 with “Hold My Girl”. His most recent chart-topper, “Shotgun”, drops from 17-19 on the current list. A few spots lower, bowing at #40, is the second cut from The Greatest Showman: Reimagined to reach my chart. Joining the new version of “A Million Dreams” by P!nk (up 39-37 in its second week on) is “Rewrite The Stars” by James Arthur and Anne-Marie. It heads to the Hot AC format on Monday and is already charting in several countries.

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Highlights from Adam’s Top 40: November 18, 2018

It’s a Marshmello world.

DEBUTS
39. P!nk – A Million Dreams

TOP GAINERS
29. Scott Helman – Hang Ups (34)
27. Kelly Clarkson – Heat (32)
19. Zara Larsson – Ruin My Life (25) | BIGGEST MOVER (tie) — two weeks
(see #9 below)

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN
10. KT Tunstall – The River (13) | PEAK: #10
09. Maggie Rogers – Light On (15) | PEAK: #09
08. Sigrid – Sucker Punch (09) | PEAK: #08
07. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (11) | PEAK: #07
06. Dave Matthews Band – Again And Again (06) | PEAK: #06
05. Dean Lewis – Be Alright (04) | PEAK: #01 for four weeks
04. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water (05) | PEAK: #04
03. Shawn Mendes – Lost In Japan (03) | PEAK: #03
02. Nina Nesbitt – Loyal To Me (02) | PEAK: #02
01. Marshmello x Bastille – Happier (01) | PEAK: #01 for three weeks

Top 10 Next In Line:
1. Jack & Jack – No One Compares To You (3)
2. Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (5)
3. Tom Walker – Angels (1)
4. Logan Henderson – Pull Me Deep (4)
5. George Ezra – Hold My Girl (7)
6. Brandi Carlile featuring Sam Smith – Party Of One (8)
7. Sara Bareilles – Armor (10)
8. Foster The People – Worst Nites (-)
9. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999 (-)
10. Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris – I Found You (-)

In The Mix:
Broods – Peach
Elle King – Baby Outlaw (new)
James Arthur – Empty Space
James TW – Soldier
Jess Glynne – Thursday (new)
Little Mix – Woman Like Me
Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg – Moves
Sabrina Carpenter – Sue Me (new)
Snow Patrol – What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?

Chart Notes:

  • Due to the loss of my grandfather this week, a fuller commentary will return for next week. In the meantime, “Happier” remains at #1 for the third week for Marshmello x Bastille, while P!nk debuts at #39 with “A Million Dreams”, the first cut to land on my chart from The Greatest Showman: Reimagined. The song is closing in on the top 50 at Hot AC radio, though it’s only being played on a handful stations at the moment. (It hasn’t been officially serviced to the format as of yet.) Look for that release to hit the top five on the Billboard 200 list next week.

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