By Daniel Lane
This week’s Official Albums Chart race is a real battle of the bands, with Beady Eye fighting it out with Black Sabbath in the race to Number 1.
According to Official Charts Company sales data, Black Sabbath are ahead of Liam Gallagher’s boys by a narrow margin of 4,500 copies at this midway stage with their latest studio album, 13.
Not only is 13 the first studio album to be released under the Black Sabbath moniker since Forbidden some 18 years ago, it is also the first Black Sabbath studio album to feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since Never Say Die! in 1978. If the heavy metal legends can maintain their lead going into the weekend, 13 will become Sabbath’s first Number 1 UK album since Paranoid in 1970.
Meanwhile, Beady Eye could be on track for a personal best this weekend with their second album BE. BE is currently riding at Number 2, one place higher than the band’s 2011 debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, however they would need to leapfrog Black Sabbath before Sunday if they want to draw equal with former Oasis bandmate Noel Gallagher who hit Number 1 with his High Flying Birds project back in October of that year.
Scottish electronic duo Boards Of Canada look set to score their highest charting album to date this weekend. Tomorrow’s Harvest debuts at Number 3 on today’s Official Albums Chart Update. Reigning Official Albums Chart Number 1, Settle by Disclosure, is down three places to Number 4, while Rod Stewart’s Time is at 5.
In addition to Black Sabbath’s 13 (1), Beady Eye’s Be (2) and Boards Of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest (3), there are six other new entries on this week’s Official Albums Chart Update.
Scottish singer / songwriter KT Tunstall is heading for her third Top 10 album in a row with Invisible Empire / Crescent Moon, which is new in today at Number 7, while Bula Quo!, Status Quo’s 13th studio album and soundtrack to their very own feature film of the same name, enters at 13.
Take That Star Mark Owen looks set to score his highest charting solo album to date. His fourth full-length, The Art Of Doing Nothing, debuts at Number 18 midweek. While he has enjoyed six Number 1 albums with Take That, Mark’s previous highest charting solo release was 1996’s Green Man, which peaked at Number 33.
This week’s new entries are completed by US rockers Jimmy Eat World’s Damage (21), The Essential Bruce Springsteen (22) and Goo Goo Dolls’ Magnetic (34).
The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:
|3||TOMORROW'S HARVEST||BOARDS OF CANADA|
|6||RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES||DAFT PUNK|
|7||INVISIBLE EMPIRE/CRESCENT MOON||KT TUNSTALL|
|8||ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS||PASSENGER|
|9||LIKE CLOCKWORK||QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE|
|11||RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME||OLLY MURS|
|12||THE COMPLETE GREATEST HITS||EAGLES|
|13||BULA QUO - OST||STATUS QUO|
|15||THE SHOCKING MISS EMERALD||CARO EMERALD|
|17||UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX||BRUNO MARS|
|18||THE ART OF DOING NOTHING||MARK OWEN|
|19||OUR VERSION OF EVENTS||EMELI SANDE|
|20||TO BE LOVED||MICHAEL BUBLE|
|21||DAMAGE||JIMMY EAT WORLD|
|22||THE ESSENTIAL||BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN|
|24||JAKE BUGG||JAKE BUGG|
|25||GRAFFITI ON THE TRAIN||STEREOPHONICS|
|26||NIGHT VISIONS||IMAGINE DRAGONS|
|27||DON'T FORGET WHO YOU ARE||MILES KANE|
|29||18 MONTHS||CALVIN HARRIS|
|30||THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE||PINK|
|32||ENGLISH RAIN||GABRIELLE APLIN|
|34||MAGNETIC||GOO GOO DOLLS|
|35||BABEL||MUMFORD & SONS|
|37||ONCE I WAS AN EAGLE||LAURA MARLING|
|39||NOTHING BUT THE BEAT||DAVID GUETTA|
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