Can Justin Bieber deny Cheryl her third Number 1 album?

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. Plus see the Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 in full!

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.

New Entries

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 1 BELIEVE JUSTIN BIEBER
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
4 9 MYLO XYLOTO COLDPLAY
NEW 10 BLOWN AWAY CARRIE UNDERWOOD
7 11 + ED SHEERAN
8 12 NUMBER ONES BEE GEES
NEW 13 @ REVEREND_MAKERS REVEREND & THE MAKERS
NEW 14 OCEANIA SMASHING PUMPKINS
11 15 TALK THAT TALK RIHANNA
12 16 21 ADELE
9 17 25 YEARS - THE CHAIN FLEETWOOD MAC
10 18 GRACELAND PAUL SIMON
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
33 24 STRONGER KELLY CLARKSON
15 25 BOYS DON'T CRY RUMER
29 26 WATCH THE THRONE JAY-Z & KANYE WEST
17 27 STRANGELAND KEANE
20 28 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
14 29 IN OUR HEADS HOT CHIP
60 30 CALIFORNIA 37 TRAIN
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
25 40 ANTHEMS RUSSELL WATSON

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