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    Report: Metallica Wins US Album Sales Race, But XXXTentacion’s “?” Will Top Billboard 200

    The weekly US album race again produces a split-chart scenario.

    Metallica’s “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” claims #1 for pure sales, while XXXTentacion’s “?” leads for overall consumption.

    According to Hits Daily Double and BuzzAngle, Metallica’s fall 2016 album sold approximately 64,571 pure US copies during the March 16-22 tracking period.

    The count, which was aided greatly by a new round of concert ticket-album bundle redemptions (the redemptions count as sales), convincingly ranks as the week’s best pure sales total.

    While “?” only sold about 20,647 pure US copies, it received a significant amount of opening week TEA (track sales/10) and SEA (track streams/1500). The album’s sales, TEA and SEA figures combine for ~133,520 in total US units; that figure easily ranks as the week’s best consumption tally.

    A relative non-factor on the TEA and SEA fronts, the Metallica album generated about 66,253 in tracking week consumption.

    Due Sunday, Billboard’s more authoritative data will differ slightly from that reported by Hits. The discrepancies should not, however, be enough to change the landscape atop either chart.

    The pure sales total will earn “Hardwired” #1 on Billboard Top Album Sales, while the consumption tally will position “?” atop the Billboard 200.

    This week’s pure sales leaders (via Hits/BuzzAngle):
    Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (64,571 pure US sales)
    Scotty McCreery – Seasons Change (37,479 pure US sales)
    The Greatest Showman – Soundtrack (24,583 pure US sales)
    The Decemberists – I’ll Be Your Girl (24,066 pure US sales)
    XXXTentacion – ? (20,647 pure US sales)

    This week’s consumption leaders (via Hits/BuzzAngle):
    XXXTentacion – ? (133,520 total US units)
    Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (66,253 total US units)
    Black Panther: The Album – Soundtrack (53,850 total US units)
    Logic – Bobby Tarantino II (49,352 total US units)
    Migos – Culture II (44,608 total US units)

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    Kylie Jenner Shares New Photos With Daughter Stormi

    Since formally announcing the birth of her daughter Stormi in early February, Kylie Jenner has been re-establishing her massive social media presence.

    That endeavor took a big step Friday afternoon.

    The cosmetics mogul/model/TV personality shared an Instagram gallery of three photos with her baby girl.

    The gallery broke past the 1 million like barrier in a matter of minutes (and was up to 1.9 million as of press time at 3:42PM ET) — and will surely amass millions more likes as the day progresses.

    Jenner’s latest Instagram post is embedded below.

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    Drake’s “God’s Plan” Enjoys Ninth Week As #1 Song In United Kingdom

    This week’s edition of the Official UK Singles Chart features the same #1 song as the past eight listings: Drake’s “God’s Plan.”

    Indeed, the global smash celebrates a ninth consecutive week at #1.

    Its closest competition again comes from Rudimental’s “These Days (featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen).”

    Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” holds at #3, and Marshmello & Anne-Marie’s “FRIENDS” stays put at #4.

    Up seven places, George Ezra’s “Paradise” earns #5 on this week’s chart.

    Other notables inside the Top 40:
    — Bebe Rexha’s “Meant To Be (featuring Florida Georgia Line)” jumps eight places to #12.
    — Sigala & Paloma Faith’s “Lullaby” rises six places to #13.
    — Lil Dicky’s “Freaky Friday (featuring Chris Brown)” enters at #16.
    — XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” jumps eight spots to #20.
    — M.O, Lotto Boyzz & Mr Eazi’s “Bad Vibe” rises four spots to #23.
    — Khalid x Normani’s “Love Lies” jumps six places to #24.
    — XXXTentacion’s “Moonlight” enters at #31.

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    Shawn Mendes Occupies Top Two Spots On US iTunes Sales Chart With “In My Blood,” “Lost In Japan”

    Over the past two days, Shawn Mendes has released a pair of new songs.

    As of press time at 1PM ET Friday, the songs occupy the top two slots on the US iTunes sales chart.

    “In My Blood,” which was released Thursday, holds the #1 position. The just-released “Lost In Japan” occupies the #2 position.

    The Mendes tunes lead a Top 5 that also includes Bebe Rexha’s “Meant To Be (featuring Florida Georgia Line)” (#3), Panic! At The Disco’s “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” (#4) and Ben Platt & Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Found / Tonight” (#5).

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    Clean Bandit & Julia Michaels, The Fratellis, Disciples, Portugal. The Man Songs Certified Platinum In UK

    During its weekly certification announcement, the BPI confirmed new platinum honors for Clean Bandit, The Fratellis, Disciples and Portugal. The Man.

    Clean Bandit received a platinum certification for its recent hit “I Miss You (featuring Julia Michaels).”

    The Fratellis garnered the award for “Chelsea Dagger,” while Disciples attained platinum status with “On My Mind.”

    Portugal. The Man’s certification is for the Grammy-winning “Feel It Still,” which has caught fire in the UK in recent weeks.

    A platinum certification signifies at least 600,000 in UK units.

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    Logic, Kacey Musgraves Performing On Upcoming “Ellen DeGeneres Show” Episodes

    On hiatus next week, daytime talk series “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will return with original episodes during the week of April 2.

    At least two of those episodes will feature musical performances.

    Per tentative listings issued to TV providers, Logic will perform on the April 3 installment. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Elvis Francois & William Robinson are set as the episode’s interview guests.

    Musgraves will then perform on the April 4 episode. The episode will also feature a visit from Lauren Graham.

    As of press time, no musical guests are set for the April 2 episode (Seth Rogen, Bob Roth and Giada De Laurentiis are confirmed for appearances). Listings have not yet been issued for the April 5 and 6 broadcasts.

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    Jhene Aiko & Rae Sremmurd Perform “Sativa” On “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (Watch Now)

    As “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will be airing re-runs next week, Friday’s episode represents March’s final original episode.

    In addition to appearances by John Cena and Sigourney Weaver, the broadcast features a musical performance.

    Guests Jhene Aiko and Rae Sremmurd perform their single “Sativa.”

    “Sativa,” which recently cracked the Billboard Hot 100, is receiving noteworthy airplay at the rhythmic and urban radio formats.

    Friday’s “Ellen” airs this afternoon; check local listings for the start time in your market.

    The “Sativa” performance, meanwhile, is already available to view below:

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    Ratings: Facing “Chicago Fire,” ABC’s “Station 19” Premiere Loses Big Chunk Of “Grey’s Anatomy” Audience

    A substantial percentage of “Grey’s Anatomy” viewers opted not to stick around for the two-hour premiere of new spin-off “Station 19.”

    To its credit, it did face some very notable competition.

    According to fast national data posted by Showbuzz, “Station 19” drew a 1.2 rating and averaged 5.72 million overall viewers in the 9PM hour. The numbers fell to 1.1 and 5.12 million, respectively, at 10PM.

    While not terrible in the modern TV landscape (especially given competition from the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament), the numbers pale in comparison to those of the show’s “Grey’s Anatomy” lead-in.

    “Grey’s” drew a 1.9 rating and 7.49 million viewers at 8PM.

    A drop from 1.9 to 1.2 would be disappointing for any new drama launch. Given that “Station 19” is a “Grey’s” spin-off, the drop seems problematic.

    Granted, there was a very relevant external factor at play. In addition to competition from the NCAA games, “Station 19” aired opposite another fire-themed drama: NBC’s veteran “Chicago Fire.”

    “Chicago Fire” drew a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating and 6.78 million viewers in the 9-11PM timeslot.

    That very relevant competitive force obviously lowered the ceiling for this week’s episode — and thus tempers the sense of disappointment.

    And while the premiere performance is certainly not cause for celebration, ABC would doubtfully be upset if “Station 19” held in this general range moving forward.

    Whether it will remains to be seen.

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    Madison Beer’s “Home With You” Receiving Pop Radio Airplay In San Francisco

    Leading San Francisco pop stations 99.7 NOW and WiLD 94.9 are spinning the new Madison Beer single.

    According to Mediabase, Beer’s “Home With You” received 18 spins from the former station during the seven days between March 16 and 22.

    WiLD 94.9 contributed 11 spins within that window.

    While the two San Francisco stations are the only major supporters as of press time, some other stations — including Miami’s Hits 97.3 and Peoria’s 98.5 KISS — have played the song once or twice.

    “Home With You” appears on Beer’s recently released EP “As She Pleases.”

    The EP also includes “Dead,” which received pop radio airplay last year.

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    “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” Cast To Appear On March 27 “Good Morning America”

    MTV is clearly optimistic about its upcoming “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.”

    It is so optimistic, in fact, that it ordered a second season of the show roughly a month before the first season’s premiere.

    Efforts are nonetheless being made to heighten the anticipation.

    One such effort will come on the March 27 edition of “Good Morning America.”

    ABC confirms that cast members Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Deena Nicole Cortese, Vinny Guadagnino, Pauly “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino will appear on that morning’s “GMA.”

    The episode, which precedes the “Family Vacation” premiere by nine days, will also feature an appearance by “Alex Inc” star Zach Braff.

    Complete “GMA” listings follow:

    Monday, March 26– The cast of “Roseanne” Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Lecy Goranson, Sarah Chalke and Sara Gilbert

    Tuesday, March 27– Actor Zach Braff (“Alex, Inc.”); Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, and Mike “The Situation” (“Jersey Shore Family Vacation”)

    Wednesday, March28– Comedian and author Mike Epps (“Unsuccessful Thug: One Comedian’s Journey from Naptown to Tinseltown”)

    Thursday, March 29– Actress Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place”); legal commentator Nancy Grace and ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams (“Grace vs. Abrams”); Deals and Steals with ABC Contributor Tory Johnson

    Friday, March 30– Hosts Michelle Beadle, Mike Greenberg, and Jalen Rose (“Get Up”); actress Andie MacDowell (“Love After Love”)

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