Bullet For My Valentine’s Venom takes aim at albums Number 1

Plus new entries from Neck Deep, Vintage Trouble, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, more.

Welsh heavy metal band Bullet For My Valentine could be set to score their first Official Albums Chart Number 1 this week with their fifth studio album Venom.

If its sales momentum continues, the LP – featuring singles No Way Out, You Want A Battle (Here’s A War) and Army Of Noise – will outdo the group’s current best-performing albums Scream Aim Fire and Fever, which both peaked at Number 5 in 2008 and 2010 respectively.

Venom is currently just over 1,000 copies ahead of its nearest competitor, Cilla Black’s The Very Best Of (2). The album re-entered the Top 40 at Number 14 two weeks ago following the entertainer’s death, and is this week heading for a new all-time peak.

Current chart-topper Dr. Dre’s Compton slides two places to Number 3 today, followed by James Bay’s Chaos and the Calm (4) and Ed Sheeran’s x (5).

New entries

Rock group Neck Deep are set to make their Official Chart debut this week with second studio album Life’s Not Out To Get You (7), while US blues band Vintage Trouble are on course for their highest charting album to date with 1 Hopeful Rd. (10).

Former Gallows and Pure Love frontman Frank Carter is set to return to the Official Charts this week with new outfit Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’ debut Blossom (13), as Soulfly are heading for a second UK Top 40 with Archangel (27).

Whitney Houston’s The Ultimate Collection heads back to the Top 40, landing at 28 today, while American singer-songwriter Melanie Martinez’s Cry Baby enters at 29.

Finally, Abba’s Gold – Greatest Hits (34), Neil Diamond’s All-Time Greatest Hits (38) and Barbra Streisand’s Guilty (37) are also all set to re-enter this week’s Top 40.

See the full Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 below:

1 VENOM BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
2 THE VERY BEST OF CILLA BLACK
3 COMPTON DR DRE
4 CHAOS AND THE CALM JAMES BAY
5 X ED SHEERAN
6 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
7 LIFE'S NOT OUT TO GET YOU NECK DEEP
8 COMMUNION YEARS & YEARS
9 1989 TAYLOR SWIFT
10 1 HOPEFUL RD VINTAGE TROUBLE
11 HOW BIG HOW BLUE HOW BEAUTIFUL FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
12 POSITIVE SONGS FOR NEGATIVE PEOPLE FRANK TURNER
13 BLOSSOM FRANK CARTER/THE RATTLESNAKES
14 TITLE MEGHAN TRAINOR
15 MARKS TO PROVE IT MACCABEES
16 BRAVE SHIRES
17 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
18 BLOOD LIANNE LA HAVAS
19 WILDER MIND MUMFORD & SONS
20 THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION LIONEL RICHIE & THE COMMODORES
21 HOZIER HOZIER
22 THE VERY BEST OF FLEETWOOD MAC
23 BORN IN THE ECHOES CHEMICAL BROTHERS
24 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
25 LIQUID SPIRIT GREGORY PORTER
26 IRON MAN 2 - OST AC/DC
27 ARCHANGEL SOULFLY
28 THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION WHITNEY HOUSTON
29 CRY BABY MELANIE MARTINEZ
30 DRONES MUSE
31 THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION PAUL SIMON
32 AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO FALL OUT BOY
33 + ED SHEERAN
34 GOLD - GREATEST HITS ABBA
35 1000 FORMS OF FEAR SIA
36 85 PERCENT PROOF WILL YOUNG
37 GUILTY BARBRA STREISAND
38 ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS NEIL DIAMOND
39 AUTOMATIC DON BROCO
40 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS

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