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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds set for highest charting UK album to date

20/02/2013

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Nick Cave 2013

By Dan Lane

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds are on course for their highest charting UK album to date with Push The Sky Away.

According to the Official Charts Company’s latest sales data, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds' fifteenth studio album, Push The Sky Away, is currently at Number 1 in today’s mid-week chart. Their previous UK career best was with 2008’s Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, which peaked at Number 4 on the Official Albums Chart.

Push The Sky Away has a clear lead of 6,500 copies on its closest competitor, Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events at this mid-way stage. However, given that the Emeli is nominated for three awards at tonight’s BRITs, it’s not unfeasible that Our Version Of Events could return to Number 1 in its 54th week on the Chart.

Last week’s chart topper, The Motion Picture Cast Recording of Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of Les Miserables, falls two places to Number 3, while FoalsHoly Fire (4) and Jake Bugg’s debut self-titled album complete this week’s Official Albums Chart Update Top 5.

New entries and high climbers

In addition to Nick Cave And The Bad SeedsPush The Sky Away (Number 1), there is just one other new entry on today’s Update.

Acclaimed British blues singer Joe Cocker makes a welcome return to the Official Albums Chart with his first new material in almost three years. Fire It Up, which is Cocker’s twenty-third studio album in a career spanning more than half a century, is new on today’s Official Chart Update at Number 8.

Ahead of this evening’s BRIT Awards, The Script (who are nominated in the International Group category) see their latest album, #3, surge a massive 20 places to Number 24. Similarly, Channel Orange by Frank Ocean (who is nominated for International Male) bounds upwards 14 places from 47 to 33, while Red by Taylor Swift (who is performing at tonight’s ceremony and is nominated for International Female) is up 13 places to Number 12.

The full effects of this year’s BRIT Awards on the Official Singles and Official Albums Charts will be revealed on Sunday.

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

1 PUSH THE SKY AWAY NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS
2 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
3 LES MISERABLES MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
4 HOLY FIRE FOALS
5 JAKE BUGG JAKE BUGG
6 BABEL MUMFORD AND SONS
7 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX BRUNO MARS
8 FIRE IT UP JOE COCKER
9 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
10 18 MONTHS CALVIN HARRIS
11 UNAPOLOGETIC RIHANNA
12 RED TAYLOR SWIFT
13 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
14 TAKE ME HOME ONE DIRECTION
15 OPPOSITES BIFFY CLYRO
16 THE LUMINEERS THE LUMINEERS
17 SOME NIGHTS FUN.
18 THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE P!NK
19 + ED SHEERAN
20 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME OLLY MURS
21 FALL TO GRACE PALOMA FAITH
22 DNA LITTLE MIX
23 AN AWESOME WAVE ALT-J
24 NUMBER 3 THE SCRIPT
25 UP ALL NIGHT ONE DIRECTION
26 PASSIONE ANDREA BOCELLI
27 ORA RITA ORA
28 EL CAMINO BLACK KEYS
29 NOTHING BUT THE BEAT DAVID GUETTA
30 GIRL ON FIRE ALICIA KEYS
31 CHAPMAN SQUARE LAWSON
32 THE GOLDEN AGE OF SONG JOOLS HOLLAND AND HIS R&B ORCHESTRA
33 CHANNEL ORANGE FRANK OCEAN
34 EVERY KINGDOM BEN HOWARD
35 21 ADELE
36 TEMPER TEMPER BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
37 GRRR ROLLING STONES
38 BORN TO DIE LANA DEL REY
39 BELIEVE - ACOUSTIC JUSTIN BIEBER
40 ELECTRIC RICHARD THOMPSON

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