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Newton Faulkner and Lianne La Havas go head to head in the albums race

11/07/2012

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Newton Faulkner and Lianne La Havas go head to head in the albums race

By Lauren Kreisler

Newton Faulkner takes the early lead in this week’s albums race, but young soul newcomer Lianne La Havas is biting at his heels, according to today’s Official Albums Chart Update.

Write It On Your Skin, Faulkner’s follow up to 2009’s Rebuilt By Humans, sees the acoustic guitar virtuoso enlisting the help of his brother Toby (a former drum and bass MC), Phantom Planet’s Sam Farrar and production writing duo Nexus. This is the Surrey singer/songwriter’s third studio album, and if Faulkner and his signature rust-red dreadlocks hold on through to Sunday, Write It On Your Skin will be his second chart topper (his 2007 debut Hand Built By Robots also hit the Official Albums Chart summit).

22 year old soul singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas enters the race today at Number 2 with debut album Is Your Love Big Enough. The south Londoner, who can already count under her belt a breakthrough performance on Later With Jools Holland, a Bon Iver US tour support slot, as well as a stint as backing vocalist for fellow songstress Paloma Faith, releases her first full length debut after two warmly received EPs.

Faulkner and La Havas are separated today by less than 3,000 copies, while Maroon 5’s Overexposed (4) and Chris Brown’s Fortune (5) round off today’s Top 5.

New Entries And High Climbers

There are a total of four new entries in today’s Official Albums Chart Update Top 40. Led by Newton Faulkner (1) and Lianne La Havas (2), next up is returning Scottish indie rockers The View with new offering Cheeky For A Reason at Number 3.

Frank Ocean of LA hip-hop collective Odd Future, who also finished second in the BBC’s Sound Of 2012 poll behind Michael Kiwanuka, looks set for a debut Top 10 with Channel Orange (Number 6). Ocean hit the headlines recently after posted an open letter to his Tumblr account disclosing that he'd fallen in love with another man.

Adam Lambert looks set for his highest UK charting album with Trespassing (7); his 2010 debut For Your Entertainment reached 36. Meanwhile Canadian rockers Rush complete the week’s new entries with the band’s 19th studio album, Clockwork Angels, currently sat at Number 10.

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

1 WRITE IT ON YOUR SKIN NEWTON FAULKNER
2 IS YOUR LOVE BIG ENOUGH LIANNE LA HAVAS
3 CHEEKY FOR A REASON VIEW
4 OVEREXPOSED MAROON 5
5 FORTUNE CHRIS BROWN
6 CHANNEL ORANGE FRANK OCEAN
7 TRESPASSING ADAM LAMBERT
8 + ED SHEERAN
9 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
10 CLOCKWORK ANGELS RUSH
11 GRACELAND PAUL SIMON
12 EVERY KINGDOM BEN HOWARD
13 BORN TO DIE LANA DEL REY
14 MYLO XYLOTO COLDPLAY
15 LIVING THINGS LINKIN PARK
16 21 ADELE
17 TALK THAT TALK RIHANNA
18 WATCH THE THRONE JAY-Z & KANYE WEST
19 WHO YOU ARE JESSIE J
20 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
21 CALIFORNIA 37 TRAIN
22 FALL TO GRACE PALOMA FAITH
23 TEENAGE DREAM KATY PERRY
24 PINK FRIDAY - ROMAN RELOADED NICKI MINAJ
25 BELIEVE JUSTIN BIEBER
26 LIFE IN A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT AMY MACDONALD
27 STRONGER KELLY CLARKSON
28 NOTHING BUT THE BEAT DAVID GUETTA
29 NUMBER ONES BEE GEES
30 STRANGELAND KEANE
31 UP ALL NIGHT ONE DIRECTION
32 A MILLION LIGHTS CHERYL
33 NEED YOU NOW LADY ANTEBELLUM
34 IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW OLLY MURS
35 WILD ONES FLO RIDA
36 CEREMONIALS FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
37 SOME NIGHTS FUN
38 ELECTRONIC EARTH LABRINTH
39 THE VERY BEST OF STONE ROSES
40 BOYS & GIRLS ALABAMA SHAKES

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