By Dan Lane
With less than 1,400 copies separating today’s Official Update Top 3, Usher and Amy Macdonald are battling it out with current chart topper Gary Barlow and The Commonwealth Band in the race to this week’s Official Albums Chart Number 1.
Gary Barlow And The Commonwealth Band are currently in pole position with Sing, which topped the Official Albums Chart upon its release a fortnight ago. Sing contains the Queen’s official Diamond Jubilee single of the same name which was co-written by Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and features contributions from musicians from all over the Commonwealth, including HRH Prince Harry on tambourine.
Usher, who looks set to score his fifth Top 5 album this Sunday, is currently at Number 2 with Looking 4 Myself. The album is the US R&B star’s seventh full-length release, and features the tracks Climax and Scream, which both went Top 5 in the Official Singles Chart earlier this year.
Amy MacDonald is at Number 3 with her third album, Life In A Beautiful Light. The Scottish singer/songwriter’s previous albums 2007’s This Is The Life, and its 2010 follow-up, A Curious Thing, both look set to re-enter this week’s Top 200. They are currently at Number 88 and Number 134, respectively.
Today’s Official Albums Chart Update Top 5 is completed by Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto (4) and Ed Sheeran’s + (5).
In addition to Usher (2) and Amy MacDonald (3), there are eight other new entries in today’s Official Albums Chart Update.
Indie rockers Maximo Park are new in at Number 6 with their fourth album, National Health, while British electro outfit Hot Chip look set to debut at Number 9 with In Our Hands. New Fleetwood Mac collection 25 years – The Chain is at 12, while DJ and producer Orlando Higginbottom, AKA Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, is at 19 with his debut album, Trouble.
New XL Recordings signing Bobby Womack is at Number 25 with The Bravest Man In The Universe, while Best Of albums from Johnny Cash (The Classics, 29), Stone Roses (The Very Best Of, 31) and Neil Young (Official Release Series Discs 1-4, 36) complete this week’s Official Albums Chart Update new entries.
This week's Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:
|01||SING||GARY BARLOW/COMMONWEALTH BAND|
|02||LOOKING 4 MYSELF||USHER|
|03||LIFE IN A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT||AMY MACDONALD|
|06||THE NATIONAL HEALTH||MAXIMO PARK|
|07||OUR VERSION OF EVENTS||EMELI SANDE|
|08||NUMBER ONES||BEE GEES|
|09||IN OUR HEADS||HOT CHIP|
|10||FALL TO GRACE||PALOMA FAITH|
|11||TALK THAT TALK||RIHANNA|
|12||25 YEARS - THE CHAIN||FLEETWOOD MAC|
|15||BOYS DON'T CRY||RUMER|
|16||WHO YOU ARE||JESSIE J|
|17||THE BEST OF||KYLIE MINOGUE|
|18||BORN TO DIE||LANA DEL REY|
|19||TROUBLE||TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT|
|21||EVERY KINGDOM||BEN HOWARD|
|23||LEGEND||BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS|
|24||ONE DAY I'M GOING TO SOAR||DEXYS|
|25||THE BRAVEST MAN IN THE UNIVERSE||BOBBY WOMACK|
|27||WATCH THE THRONE||JAY-Z & KANYE WEST|
|28||WRECKING BALL||BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN|
|29||THE CLASSICS||JOHNNY CASH|
|30||THAT'S WHY GOD MADE THE RADIO||BEACH BOYS|
|31||THE VERY BEST OF||STONE ROSES|
|32||IRON MAN - THE BEST OF||BLACK SABBATH|
|33||BRING HIM HOME||ALFIE BOE|
|34||AMERICANA||NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE|
|35||ULTIMATE HITS - ROCK AND ROLL NEVER||BOB SEGER|
|36||OFFICIAL RELEASE SERIES DISCS 1-4||NEIL YOUNG|
|37||LONELY ARE THE BRAVE||MAVERICK SABRE|
|40||SOUVENIR - THE SINGLES 2004-2012||KAISER CHIEFS|
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