Royal Blood continue to lead the charge with debut album

Royal Blood are on course for a second week at the top of the Official Albums Chart with their self-titled debut.

Royal Blood are on course for a second week at the top of the Official Albums Chart with their self-titled debut.

The Brighton duo – who scored the fastest-selling rock debut in three years last week - are currently leading the charge on today's Official Chart Update and are fighting off competition from Ed Sheeran’s X, which holds at Number 2, while Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour is just 600 copies behind at Number 3.

Meanwhile, Maroon 5’s V is new in at Number 4 on today’s Update. The band’s fifth studio album includes their latest single Maps, which entered last week’s singles chart at Number 2 and earned them their seventh UK Top 10 hit.

At Number 5 are LA sibling duo The Pierces with their fifth LP Creation. The album follows 2011’s You & I, which peaked at Number 4 on the chart.

New entries

Cambridge rockers Lonely The Brave enter at Number 11 with their debut album The Day’s War, and Prince’s Purple Rain soundtrack re-enters at Number 14. The record, which was originally released in 1984, peaked at Number 2 on the Official Albums Chart.

The late US blues singer Johnny Winter is set to score his first UK Top 40 album with his 19th studio LP Step Back at Number 25, and Leeds rockers Pulled Apart By Horses are on course for their highest-charting album to date, currently at 27 with their third album Blood.

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows. The Official Albums Chart Top 100 will be posted in full, here, on Sunday at 7pm.

1 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD
2 X ED SHEERAN
3 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
4 V MAROON 5
5 CREATION PIERCES
6 STARS COLLABRO
7 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
8 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
9 MY EVERYTHING ARIANA GRANDE
10 THE WHOLE STORY KATE BUSH
11 THE DAY'S WAR LONELY THE BRAVE
12 BLUE SMOKE - THE BEST OF DOLLY PARTON
13 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
14 PURPLE RAIN - OST PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION
15 GHOST STORIES COLDPLAY
16 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
17 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
18 NATIVE ONEREPUBLIC
19 HOUNDS OF LOVE KATE BUSH
20 MEET THE VAMPS VAMPS
21 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
22 THE 1975 1975
23 48:13:00 KASABIAN
24 GREAT DIVIDE TWIN ATLANTIC
25 STEP BACK JOHNNY WINTER
26 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR
27 BLOOD PULLED APART BY HORSES
28 GIRL PHARRELL WILLIAMS
29 ULTRAVIOLENCE LANA DEL REY
30 NIGHT VISIONS IMAGINE DRAGONS
31 CONCRETE LOVE COURTEENERS
32 BAD BLOOD BASTILLE
33 THE NEW CLASSIC IGGY AZALEA
34 AT THE MOVIES RICHARD & ADAM
35 50 WORDS FOR SNOW KATE BUSH
36 THE KICK INSIDE KATE BUSH
37 LOVE IN THE FUTURE JOHN LEGEND
38 LIQUID SPIRIT GREGORY PORTER
39 JAKE BUGG JAKE BUGG
40 + ED SHEERAN

© 2014 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.