Ben Howard’s second studio album, I Forget Where We Were, is currently at Number 1 on today’s Chart Update. If he holds on to his position, it will beat the peak of his debut LP Every Kingdom, which peaked at Number 4 in 2011.
Meanwhile, Slipknot’s .5: The Gray Chapter is not far behind behind at Number 2. The record marks the band's first in six years and first since drummer Joey Jordison left in 2013 and bassist Paul Gray died in 2010.
New at Number 3 on today’s Update is Neil Diamond’s 32nd studio album Melody Road, and Ed Sheeran’s X is at Number 4.
Rounding off the Top 5 are Status Quo with Aquostic (Stripped Bare). The record - which marks the rock band’s 31st LP and first completely acoustic collection - is on track to be their highest charting album in 18 years, since 1996’s Don’t Stop: The 30th Anniversary Album.
Nicole Scherzinger’s second solo album Big Fat Lie lands at Number 15, Mark Lanegan’s Phantom Radio enters at 16, and Scott Walker + Sunn O’s Soused debuts at 20.
Madonna’s 1986 album True Blue returns to the chart at Number 22, Billy Idol’s Kings & Queens Of The Underground is new at 23, and Scottish alt-rockers Del Amitri start at 29 with Into The Mirror.
Elsewhere, Bear’s Den’s Islands (31), Dexy’s Nowhere Is Home (38), Half Man Half Biscuit’s Urge For Offal (39) are all set to enter the Top 40 this weekend.
Finally, can Aretha Franklin score her first UK Top 40 studio album in 45 years? Her new album, Great Diva Classics, is currently at Number 40 in today's Update.
|1||I FORGET WHERE WE WERE||BEN HOWARD|
|2||5 - THE GRAY CHAPTER||SLIPKNOT|
|3||MELODY ROAD||NEIL DIAMOND|
|5||AQUOSTIC - STRIPPED BARE||STATUS QUO|
|6||CHAPTER ONE||ELLA HENDERSON|
|7||IN THE LONELY HOUR||SAM SMITH|
|8||WANTED ON VOYAGE||GEORGE EZRA|
|10||SWEET TALKER||JESSIE J|
|11||SONGS OF INNOCENCE||U2|
|13||THE STORY - THE VERY BEST OF||SPANDAU BALLET|
|14||CAUSTIC LOVE||PAOLO NUTINI|
|15||BIG FAT LIE||NICOLE SCHERZINGER|
|16||PHANTOM RADIO||MARK LANEGAN BAND|
|17||CHEEK TO CHEEK||TONY BENNETT & LADY GAGA|
|18||NO SOUND WITHOUT SILENCE||SCRIPT|
|19||ROYAL BLOOD||ROYAL BLOOD|
|20||SOUSED||SCOTT WALKER & SUNN O|
|21||A PERFECT CONTRADICTION||PALOMA FAITH|
|23||KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND||BILLY IDOL|
|24||TOUGH LOVE||JESSIE WARE|
|25||MEET THE VAMPS||VAMPS|
|26||THIS IS ALL YOURS||ALT-J|
|28||EVERY KINGDOM||BEN HOWARD|
|29||INTO THE MIRROR||DEL AMITRI|
|32||WORLD ON FIRE||SLASH|
|36||5 SECONDS OF SUMMER||5 SECONDS OF SUMMER|
|38||NOWHERE IS HOME||DEXYS|
|39||URGE FOR OFFAL||HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT|
|40||SINGS THE GREAT DIVA CLASSICS||ARETHA FRANKLIN|
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