By Daniel Lane
Kings Of Leon, Drake and Jessie J are currently battling it out in the race to score this week’s Official Number 1 album.
While sales remain incredibly close at this mid-way stage, Kings Of Leon (pictured above) have taken an early lead with their sixth album Mechanical Bull (Number 1). Should the Tennessee rockers manage to remain in pole position right through to Sunday’s final whistle, it will be their fourth UK chart topper.
Drake is on course for his highest charting album to date with Nothing Was The Same at Number 2 (the Canadian rapper’s previous career best was 2011’s Take Care, which peaked at Number 5). Jessie J debuts today at Number 3 with her second album, Alive, featuring the star’s recent Top 5 hits, Wild and It’s My Party.
To find out where Kings Of Leon, Drake and Jessie J finally chart, tune into the Official Chart Show on BBC Radio 1 from 4pm on Sunday, and log on to www.officialcharts.com at 7pm to see the UK’s Official Top 100 biggest selling albums of the week in full.
Meanwhile, reigning Official Albums Chart leaders Arctic Monkeys fall three places to Number 4 with AM, while Jason Derulo rounds off today’s Top 5 with his third album, Tattoos (5).
In addition to Kings Of Leon (Number 1), Drake (2), Jessie J (3) and Jason Derulo (5), there are ten further new entries on today’s Official Albums Chart Update.
Scottish electro pop trio Chvrches are new in at Number 6 today with their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe, followed by 17-year-old singer/songwriter Birdy, with her second album, Fire Within (7).
US metallers Dream Theater are on course for their highest charting UK album to date with their eponymous twelfth studio offering (9), while Sting looks set to enter a few places behind them with The Last Ship (11), his first new solo release in almost a decade.
Mazzy Star’s Seasons Of Your Day is fresh in at Number 17, while New Model Army’s Between Dog And Wolf and the 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana’s iconic In Utero album enter at 19 and 20, respectively.
This week’s new entries are completed by Roy Harper’s Man & Myth (Number 24), Anathema’s Universal (37) and Thunder’s Live At Donington 1990 & 1992 (38).
|1||MECHANICAL BULL||KINGS OF LEON|
|2||NOTHING WAS THE SAME||DRAKE|
|6||THE BONES OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE||CHVRCHES|
|9||DREAM THEATER||DREAM THEATER|
|10||IF YOU WAIT||LONDON GRAMMAR|
|11||THE LAST SHIP||STING|
|12||THE DIVING BOARD||ELTON JOHN|
|15||ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS||PASSENGER|
|17||SEASONS OF YOUR DAY||MAZZY STAR|
|18||REWIND THE FILM||MANIC STREET PREACHERS|
|19||BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF||NEW MODEL ARMY|
|23||FROM HERE TO NOW TO YOU||JACK JOHNSON|
|24||MAN & MYTH||ROY HARPER|
|25||TO BE LOVED||MICHAEL BUBLE|
|26||LONG WAY DOWN||TOM ODELL|
|27||THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM||RICHARD & ADAM|
|29||IN A PERFECT WORLD||KODALINE|
|30||THE HEIST||MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS|
|31||TAKE ME HOME||ONE DIRECTION|
|33||RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES||DAFT PUNK|
|34||BORN TO DIE||LANA DEL REY|
|35||UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX||BRUNO MARS|
|36||NOTHING BUT THE BEAT||DAVID GUETTA|
|38||LIVE AT DONINGTON 1990 & 1992||THUNDER|
|39||RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME||OLLY MURS|
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