Madonna is setting the pace this week as new album MDNA leads the pack in the Official Albums Chart race.
Her twelfth studio album has seen the Queen of Pop collaborating with top flight dance producers including William Orbit, LMFAO and Benny Benassi, and features single Girl Gone Wild, the video for which harked back to Madonna’s classic Erotica days.
MDNA is looking like a solid Number 1 for the 53 year old pop icon this weekend, and leads today by a cool 29,000 copies.
The release of the Complete Confection edition of the Katy Perry’s sugary-sweet Teenage Dream album has bounced the album 29 places skywards to Number 5 today.
Noah Stewart’s debut album Noah Stewart is on track to enter at Number 10. With his sportsman-like good looks and sharp dress sense, Noah Stewar appears every bit the pop star. However, while you could easily mistake the Harlem, New York native for the lead singer of a boyband or a soulful, R&B crooner, he is, in fact, a classically trained opera star.
Noah released his debut, self-titled album yesterday (Monday, March 26), so officialcharts.com decided to get him in for a chat to find out how he is managing to balance his career as an opera singer (he is currently performing at London’s Royal Opera House in Judith Weir's Miss Fortune) with being a rising chart star.
A further flurry of new entries litter the Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 today - Iron Maiden’s En Vivo (11), Shinedown’s Amaryllis (14), Alter Bridge’s Live At Wembley European Tour 2011 (15), All American Rejects’ Kids In The Street (21), Karl Jenkins’ Peacemakers (29), Mars Volta’s Noctourniquet (31), Blood Red Shoes’ In Time To Voices (36) and Madonna’s The Complete Studio Albums completes today’s albums rundown.
Chris Brown is still leading the race to Number 1 according to today’s Official Singles Chart Update.
As reported yesterday, the Virginia-born singer’s new single, Turn Up The Music, is on course to evict current chart topper, Katy Perry’s Part Of Me from the summit of the Official Singles Chart this Sunday. This would be a personal best for Brown whose highest chart placing to date as a lead artist was Number 2 with debut single, Run It!, back in 2006.
Meanwhile Jamaican singer Sean Paul looks set to hold on to second place, with She Doesn’t Mind, still going strong at Number 2. Katy Perry’s Part Of Me looks likely to slip from Number 1 to Number 3, while Gotye and Kimbra’s Somebody That I Used To Know is also down one from Number 3 to Number 4. Nicki Minaj’s Satrships completes this week’s Official Update Top 5.
Plan B is back with the critically-acclaimed Ill Manors single, the first taster of his hotly anticipated, third studio record of the same name.
Ill Manors is a radical departure from Plan B's 2010 Number 1 concept album, The Defamation Of Strickland Banks, and will see the four times platinum star to his rap roots to tackle real-life social issues.
“Since the riots happened I haven't heard enough people within the public sector asking the two most important questions; 'Why did it happen and how can we prevent it from happening again?',” explains Plan B. “I do have a theory as to why and how but first I need to make my point. And I’ve chosen satire to do so.
“The point being made in my song Ill Manors is that society needs to take some responsibility for the cause of these riots,” he adds. “Why are there so many kids in this country that don't feel they have a future, or care about having a criminal record?”
Ill Manors the single is on course to enter at Number 6 this Sunday, the album will be released on May 14.
This week’s Official Singles Chart Update Top 40 new entries are completed by B Traits whose debut single and rave anthem, Fever, features guest vocalist Elisabeth Troy and is on course for Number 32, while Jessie J’s Mamma Knows Best from debut album Who You Are is looking likely to enter at Number 40.Back