Can Bloc Party topple Emeli Sande to bag their first Number 1 album?

Bloc Party have their eyes set on this week’s Official Albums Chart Number 1, but will Emeli Sande deny them their first chart topping album? Plus: the Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 revealed!

Bloc Party have their eyes set on the top prize in the Official Albums Chart race this week. Following a three year hiatus, the British four-piece are back with new offering Four (2), but, as of today, trail Emeli Sande (1) today by a nail-biting 200 copies.

The band, who already have three UK Top 10 albums under their belt, 2005’s Silent Alarm, 2007’s A Weekend In The City and 2008’s Intimacy, are crossing their fingers for a personal best this week. Though A Weekend In The City peaked at Number 2 back in 2007, with four days to go this week, there is all still to play for in the race to become the Official Albums Chart Number 1 for the first time in their career with their fourth studio release.

Meanwhile Emeli Sande’s post-Olympics sales momentum continues as the singer/songwriter’s debut album Our Version Of Events maintains a tight lead at the helm, and also closes the gap on Adele’s 21 as the biggest selling album of the year to date. As of midnight last night, Our Version Of Events is now just 17,000 copies away from eclipsing the 2012 sales of Adele’s record-breaking album.

New entries

A total of nine new entries litter today’s Official Albums Chart Update Top 40. Bloc Party (2) are the week’s highest new entry in a British invasion of the Top 10 today. The Darkness are back with new release Hot Cakes (4), while singer/songwriter and former SBTRKT guest vocalist Jessie Ware’s debut album Devotion trails at Number 5.

US R&B star Trey Songz is new in at Number 6 today with fifth studio album Chapter V, featuring hit singles Simply Amazing and Heart Attack, the video for which starred Destiny’s Child diva Kelly Rowland. Chapter V will be Trey’s first Top 40 album on UK shores.

X Factor 2010 finalist Aiden Grimshaw has released his long-awaited debut album, Misty Eye, this week. The 20-year-old contestant hailing from Blackpool took OfficialCharts.com on a track by track tour of the album, from the angry tones of This Island ("When you're as moody as me, you need [to write] something dead angry," says Aiden), to the beautiful Be Myself ("Where I live the balcony that overlooks a church with a really nice skyline, so whenever you think too much and think loads of angry things, you'll think a beautiful thing, too").

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This week's Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

01 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
02 FOUR BLOC PARTY
03 FALL TO GRACE PALOMA FAITH
04 HOT CAKES THE DARKNESS
05 DEVOTION JESSIE WARE
06 CHAPTER 5 TREY SONGZ
07 MISTY EYE AIDEN GRIMSHAW
08 + ED SHEERAN
09 TALK THAT TALK RIHANNA
10 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
11 EVERY KINGDOM BEN HOWARD
12 OVEREXPOSED MAROON 5
13 LIFE IN A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT AMY MACDONALD
14 UP ALL NIGHT ONE DIRECTION
15 WHO YOU ARE JESSIE J
16 1 JULIO IGLESIAS
17 EL CAMINO BLACK KEYS
18 21 ADELE
19 ILL MANORS - OST PLAN B
20 TOTAL MADNESS MADNESS
21 CALIFORNIA 37 TRAIN
22 PINK FRIDAY - ROMAN RELOADED NICKI MINAJ
23 STRANGELAND KEANE
24 THE MIDSUMMER STATION OWL CITY
25 NEED YOU NOW LADY ANTEBELLUM
26 THE SELDOM SEEN KID ELBOW
27 WATERLOO SUNSET - THE BEST OF THE KINKS
28 ELECTION SPECIAL RY COODER
29 BORN TO DIE LANA DEL REY
30 BELIEVE JUSTIN BIEBER
31 CEREMONIALS FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
32 RYAN O'SHAUGHNESSY RYAN O'SHAUGHNESSY
33 THE WHOLE STORY KATE BUSH
34 NOTHING BUT THE BEAT DAVID GUETTA
35 SORRY FOR PARTY ROCKING LMFAO
36 LIFE IS PEOPLE BILL FAY
37 IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW OLLY MURS
38 MYLO XYLOTO COLDPLAY
39 SOME NIGHTS FUN.
40 GREATEST HITS SPICE GIRLS

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