Bob Dylan heading for 8th Number 1 album with Shadows In The Night

The legendary singer-songwriter is on course for Number 1 with his 36th studio album.

Bob Dylan could be heading for his eighth chart-topping album this Sunday.

The legendary US singer-songwriter is currently in pole position on today’s Official Chart Update with his 36th studio album Shadows In The Night; a record of classic pop standards made famous by Frank Sinatra.

The LP marks his first newly-recorded collection since 2012’s Tempest, which peaked at Number 3 on the chart. Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran’s X holds firm at Number 2, and last week’s Number 1 Title by Meghan Trainor is at 3.

This week’s second-highest new entry goes to Dire Straits, who re-enter at Number 4 with their 1985 chart-topping LP Brothers In Arms, and Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour rounds out the Top 5.

New entries and high climbers

US hip hop star Kid Ink enters at Number 6 with his third studio album Full Speed, and newcomer Indiana currently sits at 12 with her debut LP No Romeo.

Further down the chart, Canadian jazz singer-songwriter Diana Krall is new at Number 16 with her 12th album Wallflower, Joey Badass vaults from 99 to 21 with B4.DA.$$, and German metal band Blind Guardian are on course for their first UK Top 40 album with their tenth album Beyond The Red Mirror.

Finally, American composer John Carpenter is at 32 with Lost Themes, and Katy Perry’s Prism re-enters the Top 40 at 36 following her spectacular Super Bowl Halftime Show last Sunday.

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows. The Official Albums Chart Top 100 will be posted in full, here, on Sunday at 7pm.

1 SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT BOB DYLAN
2 X ED SHEERAN
3 TITLE MEGHAN TRAINOR
4 BROTHERS IN ARMS DIRE STRAITS
5 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
6 FULL SPEED KID INK
7 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
8 HOZIER HOZIER
9 1989 TAYLOR SWIFT
10 UPTOWN SPECIAL MARK RONSON
11 STAY GOLD FIRST AID KIT
12 NO ROMEO INDIANA
13 AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO FALL OUT BOY
14 MODERN NATURE CHARLATANS
15 1000 FORMS OF FEAR SIA
16 WALLFLOWER DIANA KRALL
17 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD
18 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
19 NEVER BEEN BETTER OLLY MURS
20 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
21 B4.DA.SS JOEY BADASS
22 III TAKE THAT
23 UNGUARDED RAE MORRIS
24 MODERN BLUES WATERBOYS
25 FOUR ONE DIRECTION
26 CHAPTER ONE ELLA HENDERSON
27 THE ENDLESS RIVER PINK FLOYD
28 THE BALCONY CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN
29 LIQUID SPIRIT GREGORY PORTER
30 BEYOND THE RED MIRROR BLIND GUARDIAN
31 LOVE IN THE FUTURE JOHN LEGEND
32 LOST THEMES JOHN CARPENTER
33 V MAROON 5
34 MATADOR GAZ COOMBES
35 MOTION CALVIN HARRIS
36 PRISM KATY PERRY
37 ROCK OR BUST AC/DC
38 VULNICURA BJORK
39 NO SOUND WITHOUT SILENCE SCRIPT
40 SONIC HIGHWAYS FOO FIGHTERS

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