Charli xcx's BRAT closing gap on Bon Jovi's Forever in Albums Chart race

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Charli xcx and Bon Jovi

Let's ride! The race for this week's Official Number 1 album is on, as Charli xcx's BRAT closes the gap on Bon Jovi's Forever.

In today's update (June 11), Charli's sixth studio record sits just 1,300 chart units behind current frontrunners Bon Jovi, who are hoping to earn a sixth UK chart-topper with their sixteenth studio LP.

And neither act are going down without a fight. On Monday, Charli released a deluxe edition of BRAT. The snappily-titled 'Brat and it's the same but there's three more songs so it's not' includes additional tracks 'Hello goodbye', 'Guess' and 'Spring breakers'.

Though not available to purchase in the UK, Bon Jovi followed Charli's lead by dropping an extended edition of the album for US fans; including new tracks That Was Then, This Is Now and Legendary (Demo).

Charli xcx

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Should Forever maintain its lead, it'll become Bon Jovi's sixth chart-topping album in the UK. The group previously scored Number 1 records with 988’s New Jersey, 1992’s Keep The Faith, 1994 hits compilation Cross Road, 1995’s These Days and 2000 release Crush.

Charli claims one Number 1 LP to date, with CRASH having topped the Official Albums Chart in 2022, could a second chart topper now be within reach? Having almost halved the gap overnight however, and boasting a strong lead on streams over Bon Jovi which will serve her well as more streaming data arrives later in the week, things are set to heat up further still as the week progresses. 

Bon Jovi Forever

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Elsewhere in today's Official Albums Chart Top 10 update, Norwegian singer-songwriter AURORA is expected to earn a career-best with her fifth studio LP What Happened To The Heart? (5), Meghan Trainor could claim her a third Top 10 with Timeless (7) and Seasick Steve will be hoping to earn a sixth with A Trip A Stumble A Fall Down On Your Knees (8).

Who do you want to see take this week's Official Number 1 album trophy? Listen to The Official Chart with Jack Saunders from 4pm this Friday June 14 on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Sounds to find out, and be sure to keep it locked to for all the latest updates.

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