Calvin Harris leads incredibly close albums race

Calvin Harris could land his third Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart this Sunday.

The Scottish DJ’s fourth LP Motion is currently leading the race on today’s Official Chart Update, just a little over 1,000 copies ahead of Ed Sheeran’s X at 2.

Calvin’s album includes the Official Singles Chart Number 1s Under Control, Summer and Blame. His previous collection 18 Months – which re-enters at Number 22 today - set a chart record after becoming the first to feature nine Top 10 singles.

Meanwhile, last week’s Number 1 album 1989 by Taylor Swift slips to 3, and Dutch violinist Andre Rieu is new at Number 4 with Love In Venice.

Completing the Top 5 is a new entry from Damien Rice. The singer/songwriter’s new album, My Faded Favourite Fantasy, marks his first release in eight years after 2006’s Platinum-selling 9.

New entries and high climbers

Following his performance on last week’s X Factor results show, John Legend’s Love In The Future vaults from 89 to Number 6. The collection, which originally peaked at Number 2, has been re-released with new tracks that include production from Pharrell Williams and Kanye West.

Scottish alt-rockers Simple Minds debut at Number 9 with their 16th album Big Music, while Bob Dylan & The Band’s The Basement Tapes lands at 12.

The Who enter at Number 16 with their compilation anniversary album The Who Hits 50!, Neil Young is new at 19 with Storytone, and London rapper Fuse ODG starts at 21 with his debut album Tina. The record includes four Top 10 hits: Antenna, Million Pound Girl, Dangerous Love and Tina.

Elsewhere, Paul McCartney’s former band Wings land at 31 and 37 respectively with reissues of their albums Venus And Mars and The Speed Of Sound, and John Rutter enters at 39 with The John Rutter Songbook.

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 MOTION CALVIN HARRIS
2 X ED SHEERAN
3 1989 TAYLOR SWIFT
4 LOVE IN VENICE ANDRE RIEU
5 MY FAVOURITE FADED FANTASY DAMIEN RICE
6 LOVE IN THE FUTURE JOHN LEGEND
7 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
8 NO SOUND WITHOUT SILENCE SCRIPT
9 BIG MUSIC SIMPLE MINDS
10 NOSTALGIA ANNIE LENNOX
11 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
12 THE BASEMENT TAPES COMPLETE - VOL 11 BOB DYLAN & THE BAND
13 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR
14 I FORGET WHERE WE WERE BEN HOWARD
15 PARTNERS BARBRA STREISAND
16 WHO HITS 50 WHO
17 AQUOSTIC - STRIPPED BARE STATUS QUO
18 MELODY ROAD NEIL DIAMOND
19 STORYTONE NEIL YOUNG
20 CHAPTER ONE ELLA HENDERSON
21 TINA FUSE ODG
22 18 MONTHS CALVIN HARRIS
23 1000 FORMS OF FEAR SIA
24 5 - THE GRAY CHAPTER SLIPKNOT
25 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD
26 SWEET TALKER JESSIE J
27 NATIVE ONEREPUBLIC
28 FOUR SYMBOLS LED ZEPPELIN
29 + ED SHEERAN
30 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
31 VENUS AND MARS WINGS
32 V MAROON 5
33 CHEEK TO CHEEK TONY BENNETT & LADY GAGA
34 MEET THE VAMPS VAMPS
35 GIRL PHARRELL WILLIAMS
36 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
37 AT THE SPEED OF SOUND WINGS
38 LULLABY AND THE CEASELESS ROAR ROBERT PLANT
39 THE JOHN RUTTER SONGBOOK JOHN RUTTER
40 SONGS OF INNOCENCE U2

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