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Who’s afraid of a pandemic-impacted market? Hip-hop artists aren’t, and neither is country star Kenny Chesney.

Rap has dominated both the album and single charts in recent weeks and will again for the one that will be generated by the current tracking week, even as Chesney’s new “Here and Now” represents a conspicuous interloper .

On the Rolling Stone album chart for the period of April 24-30, rap acts owned nine of the top 10 slots — including a No. 1 debut for YoungBoy Never Broke Again — and eight of the top 10 on the songs chart.

Rap also locked eight of the top 10 albums in the prior week, when DaBaby ended a four-week reign by R&B/pop singer the Weeknd. And, the last week that Weeknd’s “After Hours” led the list, rap held seven of the top 10.

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