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Sophie Ellis-Bextor takes on Warpaint for this week's highest new albums entry

22/01/2014

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor takes on Warpaint for this week's highest new albums entry

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As Ellie Goulding looks set to reclaim the Number 1 slot from Bruce Springsteen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Warpaint battle it out for this week’s highest new entry.

Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon may be leading the way, but a flurry of new entries from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Warpaint and Mogwai look set to disrupt the Official Albums Chart Top 5 this weekend.

With three BRITS nominations under her belt, Ellie Goulding is out in front in this week’s albums race, closely followed by reigning chart king Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes, with Beyonce holding firm at Number 3, but three new entries are challenging for a Top 5 place midweek.

First up is pop stunner and Strictly Come Dancing starlet Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and if anyone loves a good chart battle, Sophie E-B does! After famously denying Victoria Beckham a solo Number 1 back in 2000 with her breakthrough chart-topping solo single Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), Sophie went on to score six more Top 10 singles and four Top 40 albums. 

The 34-year-old leaves her disco shoes behind her for her new, darker fifth studio offering Wanderlust, which was co-written by London singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt and leads the charge for the title of this week’s highest new entry. Wanderlust could also be Sophie’s highest charting album since her 2001 debut, Read  My Lips, which peaked at Number 2, providing she can keep Warpaint at bay, that is. The US indie rockers trail less than 300 copies at this midway stage with their eponymous second studio album (5).

New Entries

In addition to Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Wanderlust (4) and Warpaint (5), there are two other new entries on today’s Official Albums Chart Update.

Scottish post-rock outfit Mogwai are also Top 10 bound. The Glaswegian quintet’s new album, The Rave Tapes is at Number 6 today. If it can continue to maintain its sales momentum, it will become the highest charting UK album of Mogwai’s career.

Meanwhile, Mike & The Mechanics are at 22 today with their new Best Of collection, The Singles - 1986-2014.

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 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
2 HIGH HOPES BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
3 BEYONCE BEYONCE
4 WANDERLUST SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR
5 WARPAINT WARPAINT
6 RAVE TAPES MOGWAI
7 MOON LANDING JAMES BLUNT
8 TRUE AVICII
9 BAD BLOOD BASTILLE
10 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST GARY BARLOW
11 THE BEST OF KEANE
12 TRIBUTE JOHN NEWMAN
13 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR
14 DAYS ARE GONE HAIM
15 SWINGS BOTH WAYS ROBBIE WILLIAMS
16 THE 1975 1975
17 MIDNIGHT MEMORIES ONE DIRECTION
18 HOME RUDIMENTAL
19 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
20 PURE HEROINE LORDE
21 THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2 EMINEM
22 THE SINGLES - 1986-2014 MIKE & THE MECHANICS
23 NIGHT VISIONS IMAGINE DRAGONS
24 LONG WAY DOWN TOM ODELL
25 PRISM KATY PERRY
26 SHANGRI LA JAKE BUGG
27 DIRECT HITS KILLERS
28 BABEL MUMFORD & SONS
29 IN A PERFECT WORLD KODALINE
30 SETTLE DISCLOSURE
31 SALUTE LITTLE MIX
32 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME OLLY MURS
33 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
34 BANGERZ MILEY CYRUS
35 TIME ROD STEWART
36 ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS PASSENGER
37 MECHANICAL BULL KINGS OF LEON
38 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX BRUNO MARS
39 GREATEST HITS CURE
40 JAKE BUGG JAKE BUGG

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