The charts were as busy as ever this week, and they're about to be even busier, as a new song and album are vying for No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, respectively, next week. Stay tuned …
For now, here are 13 things to know about the charts this week.
1. Halsey's "Without Me" returns to No. 1 on the Hot 100 for a second week, while Post Malone's "Wow." hits the top 10. Click here for the story.
2. Looking ahead to next week, Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" could soar in at No. 1, becoming her second leader, after "Thank U, Next." Click here for the forecast.
3. This week's Hot 100 sports a pair of high-profile duet debuts: Gesaffelstein and The Weeknd's "Lost in the Fire" and Sam Smith and Normani's "Dancing With a Stranger." Click here for the rundown.
4. Rapper Blueface scores his first Hot 100 entry, with "Thotiana." Click here for details.
5. Ava Max hits No. 1 on the Emerging Artists chart, thanks to her breakthrough single "Sweet But Psycho." Click here for the post.
6. On this week's Billboard 200, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie's Hoodie SZN spends its second week at No. 1. Click here for the recap.
7. Looking ahead to next week, Future looks to earn his sixth No. 1 with his latest set The WIZRD. Click here for the forecast.
8. On the latest Chart Beat Podcast, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson discuss how Lifetime's R. Kelly docuseries became "a breeding ground of trust" for survivors. Joining are Lifetime executive Brie Miranda Bryant and Surviving R. Kelly executive producers Tamra Simmons and Jesse Daniels. Click here to listen.
9. Over on the Pop Shop Podcast, we've got Oscar predictions! Will Lady Gaga win her first (and maybe second) Academy Award this year? Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson discuss. Click here to listen.
10. Lauren Daigle ties Carrie Underwood for a record atop the Hot Christian Songs chart with her smash "You Say." Click here for details.
11. Thomas Rhett earns a fifth No. 1, "Sixteen," from his album Life Changes on the Country Airplay chart. Click here for the story.
12. Mumford & Sons shine atop the Alternative Songs chart with "Guiding Light." Click here for the update.
13. Both Bruno Mars and Maroon 5 hit the jackpot in Las Vegas with New Year's Eve shows. Click here for the touring recap.