Can Steps stomp to victory and replace Ed Sheeran as Number 1 album?

15 new albums are on track to enter the Top 40, including Imelda May, Texas and Maximo Park.

'90s pop favourites Steps look set to cement their comeback as they challenge Ed Sheeran for this week's Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

Tears On The Dancefloor, Steps's first album of totally new material in over 15 years, currently leads the way in the race to the summit, just over 4,000 ahead of Ed Sheeran's Divide, which has topped the chart for the last seven weeks.

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Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May is on course for a third Top 10 album as Life Love Flesh Blood starts at 3, while Texas are new at 5 with Jump On Board.

Metalcore band While She Sleeps are at 7 with You Are We, and alt-rockers Maximo Park are right behind them with Risk To Exist, at 8.

The Record Store Day release of David Bowie's Cracked Actor – a previously unavailable live recording from 1974 – is at 10, and a further three #RSD2017 issues are in with a chance of a Top 40 placing:  David Bowie's remixes of Hunky Dory album tracks Bowpromo (26); The Cure's reissued Greatest Hits (35); and Bruce Springsteen live album Hammersmith Odeon London '75 at 39.

Ray Davies' Americana is new at 11, Steps' 2011 hits retrospective The Ultimate Collection is set to make a return to the Top 40, zooming 45 places to 16, Barry Manilow's This Is My Town – Songs Of New York is at 19 and country singer Brad Paisley's Love And War starts at 20.

Other albums eyeing a new entry farther down the chart: Incubus, with 8 (25); Cast's Kicking Up The Dust (28); and Wilkinson, with Hypnotic (37).

Check out this week's Top 100 Official Albums Chart Update in full

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Steps sounds like a modern day ABBA! WOW!


Scott Harris


If Steps and Clean Bandit can both take over the top spots, this will be the best week of the year!


Lanny Dante


Americana by Ray Davies has a chance of going to NUMBER ONE - the whole cd is fine piece of art.


Karen Eyo


Now that would be cool - I agree it is a fine piece of art.


Jamie Crampton


Cant see Bowie hanging on seeing as they were all vinyl only RSD releases and probably peaked on Saturday. Wonder if anyone will be buying Ed Sheeran demos in 45 years time...


John Appleseed


Please let this happen!