By Dan Lane
Justin Bieber has taken an early lead in the race to Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, according to the Official Charts Company’s latest sales data.
The Canadian singer’s third studio album, Believe, is currently 3,000 copies ahead of Cheryl’s A Million Lights (Number 2). If Bieber can maintain his lead, not only will he score his first Number 1 album in the UK, he will also deny Girls Aloud singer Cheryl a hat trick of consecutive chart-topping albums (Cheryl’s 2009 debut, 3 Words and her 2010 follow-up, Messy Little Raindrops, both debuted at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart upon their release). However, with Justin’s Beliebers and Cheryl’s Soldiers being two of the most passionate fanbases in pop, this chart battle will undoubtedly be fought tooth and nail, right up until Sunday’s final whistle.
Further down, Paloma Faith’s Fall To Grace is up two places from Number 5 to Number 3, while Amy MacDonald’s Life In A Beautiful Light slips two places to Number 4. Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events (5) completes this week’s Official Album Chart Update Top 5.
With Justin Bieber’s Believe and Cheryl’s A Million Lights occupying the top two places, there are four further new entries in today’s Official Album Chart Update.
Former American Idol contestant Carrie Underwood is on course to clock up her debut Top 10 album in the UK. Her latest offering Blown Away looks set to chart at Number 10 on Sunday. Sheffield’s Reverend And The Makers' third album, the Twitter inspired @Reverend_Makers, is at Number 13, while veteran US rockers Smashing Pumpkins are at 14 with Oceania.
And finally, experimental German group Can, who Kasabian site as a major influence, are new in at Number 35 with The Lost Tapes. The album is made up of a collection of songs recorded between 1968 and 1977 which were recently discovered while dismantling Can’s old recording studio.
The full Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:
|NEW||2||A MILLION LIGHTS||CHERYL|
|5||3||FALL TO GRACE||PALOMA FAITH|
|2||4||LIFE IN A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT||AMY MACDONALD|
|6||5||OUR VERSION OF EVENTS||EMELI SANDE|
|1||6||SING||GARY BARLOW/COMMONWEALTH BAND|
|3||7||LOOKING 4 MYSELF||USHER|
|RE||8||APOCALYPTIC LOVE||SLASH FT MYLES KENNEDY|
|NEW||10||BLOWN AWAY||CARRIE UNDERWOOD|
|8||12||NUMBER ONES||BEE GEES|
|NEW||13||@ REVEREND_MAKERS||REVEREND & THE MAKERS|
|11||15||TALK THAT TALK||RIHANNA|
|9||17||25 YEARS - THE CHAIN||FLEETWOOD MAC|
|19||19||BORN TO DIE||LANA DEL REY|
|26||20||EVERY KINGDOM||BEN HOWARD|
|18||21||WHO YOU ARE||JESSIE J|
|24||22||NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS||NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING|
|16||23||WRECKING BALL||BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN|
|15||25||BOYS DON'T CRY||RUMER|
|29||26||WATCH THE THRONE||JAY-Z & KANYE WEST|
|20||28||LEGEND||BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS|
|14||29||IN OUR HEADS||HOT CHIP|
|41||31||NOTHING BUT THE BEAT||DAVID GUETTA|
|43||32||UP ALL NIGHT||ONE DIRECTION|
|44||33||PINK FRIDAY - ROMAN RELOADED||NICKI MINAJ|
|21||34||THE VERY BEST OF||STONE ROSES|
|NEW||35||THE LOST TAPES||CAN|
|13||36||THE NATIONAL HEALTH||MAXIMO PARK|
|37||37||LONELY ARE THE BRAVE||MAVERICK SABRE|
|23||38||THE BEST OF||KYLIE MINOGUE|
|71||39||DO YOU WANT THE TRUTH OR SOMETHING||PALOMA FAITH|
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