By Dan Lane
Marina Diamandis, AKA Marina And The Diamonds, looks set to score her first Number 1 album on Sunday according to the Official Charts Company’s latest sales data.
The half Welsh / half Greek singer’s second album, Electra Heart, has a comfortable lead on its closest competitor – Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die (Number 2) - and looks set to topple Jack White from the summit of the Official Albums Chart.
The news will certainly cheer-up Diamandis who was forced to postpone her upcoming UK tour earlier this week after being advised by doctors to rest her voice or risk permanently damaging her vocal chords. Marina And The Diamonds’ debut album, The Family Jewels, peaked at Number 5 when it was released in 2010.
Jack White’s Blunderbuss slips into third place, while US singer songwriter Norah Jones looks set to notch up her fifth Top 40 album with her latest release, Little Broken Hearts, is on course to debut at Number 4. Adele’s mega-selling second album, 21, completes this week’s Official Albums Chart Update Top 5.
Marilyn Manson could be headed towards his highest UK albums chart position in nearly eight years this Sunday with his eighth studio album, Born Villain. The record, which is the US shock rockers first release since parting ways with major label Interscope, features a guest appearance by Johnny Depp; the Pirates Of The Caribbean star plays guitar on a cover of Carly Simon’s Number 3 1972 hit, You’re So Vain.
Elsewhere, Mystery Jets look set to score their highest ever chart position with fourth album Radlands (Number 25). Scottish band Kassidy – whose frontman Barrie-James O'Neill is rumoured to be dating Lana Del Rey – look set to enter the Official Albums Chart at Number 30 with their debut album, One Man Army, while Swedish rockers Europe’s Bag Of Bones is new in at Number 37.
The full Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:
|1||ELECTRA HEART||MARINA & THE DIAMONDS|
|2||BORN TO DIE||LANA DEL REY|
|4||LITTLE BROKEN HEARTS||NORAH JONES|
|6||BOYS & GIRLS||ALABAMA SHAKES|
|7||BORN VILLAIN||MARILYN MANSON|
|8||WHO YOU ARE||JESSIE J|
|9||IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW||OLLY MURS|
|10||PINK FRIDAY - ROMAN RELOADED||NICKI MINAJ|
|11||OUR VERSION OF EVENTS||EMELI SANDE|
|13||NOTHING BUT THE BEAT||DAVID GUETTA|
|16||THE LATENESS OF THE HOUR||ALEX CLARE|
|17||LONELY ARE THE BRAVE||MAVERICK SABRE|
|18||LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD||JASON MRAZ|
|19||OUT OF THE GAME||RUFUS WAINWRIGHT|
|21||SCIENCE & FAITH||SCRIPT|
|22||THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION||STEPS|
|23||WRECKING BALL||BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN|
|24||UP ALL NIGHT||ONE DIRECTION|
|26||TALK THAT TALK||RIHANNA|
|27||STEREO TYPICAL||RIZZLE KICKS|
|30||ONE MAN ARMY||KASSIDY|
|31||EVERY KINGDOM||BEN HOWARD|
|32||EL CAMINO||BLACK KEYS|
|33||VOICE OF AGES||CHIEFTAINS|
|34||MUSIC ROX||MOSHI MONSTERS|
|36||SORRY FOR PARTY ROCKING||LMFAO|
|37||BAG OF BONES||EUROPE|
|38||BEST OF - DECADE IN THE SUN||STEREOPHONICS|
|39||DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS||BRUNO MARS|