Conor Maynard on course for debut Number 1 album

According to today’s Official Chart Update, Conor Maynard looks set to enter the Official Albums Chart at Number 1 on Sunday with his full-length debut, Contrast. Plus: The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 revealed!

According to today’s Official Chart Update, Conor Maynard looks set to enter the Official Albums Chart at Number 1 on Sunday with his full-length debut, Contrast.

The 19-year-old Brighton-based chart throb, who already has two Top 5 singles – Can’t Say No and Vegas Girl - under his belt, shot to fame in January after beating the likes of Lana Del Rey and Michael Kiwanuka to win MTV’s Brand New For 2012 poll.

Current Number 1 star Plan B slips into second place with Ill Manors, the soundtrack to his critically acclaimed crime drama of the same name, while 21-year-old English singer / songwriter Delilah looks set to enter the Official Albums Chart on Sunday at Number 3 with her debut album, From the Roots Up.

Spurred on by her performance at last Friday’s Olympic Games opening ceremony, Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events, which is the second biggest selling album of 2012 so far, climbs four places from Number 8 to Number 4, while over on singles, Emeli’s opening ceremony cover version of Abide With Me is racing ahead as the week’s biggest climber to date, leaping 148 places to 32. Maroon 5’s Overexposed (5) completes this week’s Official Album Chart Update Top 5.

New Entries And Highest Climbers

In addition to Conor Maynard’s Contrast (Number 1) and Delilah’s From The Roots Up (3), there are four additional new entries in today’s Official Albums Chart Update.

Legendary British multi-instrumentalist and composer Mike Oldfield, who also performed at the Olympics opening ceremony, is at Number 6 with his latest Greatest Hits collection, Two Sides – The Very Best Of Mike Oldfield. US rapper Rick Ross is one place behind at Number 7 with his fifth studio album, God Forgives, I Don’t.

Blur’s boxed set, 21, which collects together all of their studio albums and has been released to celebrate the 21st anniversary of their debut album Leisure, is at Number 33, while veteran thrash band Testament complete this week’s new entries with their tenth studio album, Dark Roots Of Earth, looking set to debut at Number 34.

This week’s highest climber is Frank Turner, who also performed at the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday. Turner’s latest album, England Keep My Bones, climbs a massive 58 places from 85 to 27. The record peaked at Number 12 in the Official Albums Chart following its release in June last year.

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

01 CONTRAST CONOR MAYNARD
02 ILL MANORS - OST PLAN B
03 FROM THE ROOTS UP DELILAH
04 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
05 OVEREXPOSED MAROON 5
06 TWO SIDES - THE VERY BEST OF MIKE OLDFIELD
07 GOD FORGIVES - I DON'T RICK ROSS
08 TALK THAT TALK RIHANNA
09 + ED SHEERAN
10 21 ADELE
11 HANDWRITTEN GASLIGHT ANTHEM
12 DANCE AGAIN - THE HITS JENNIFER LOPEZ
13 EVERY KINGDOM BEN HOWARD
14 CALIFORNIA 37 TRAIN
15 BORN TO DIE LANA DEL REY
16 FALL TO GRACE PALOMA FAITH
17 CHANNEL ORANGE FRANK OCEAN
18 PINK FRIDAY - ROMAN RELOADED NICKI MINAJ
19 CEREMONIALS FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
20 MYLO XYLOTO COLDPLAY
21 STRANGELAND KEANE
22 UP ALL NIGHT ONE DIRECTION
23 TEENAGE DREAM KATY PERRY
24 WHO YOU ARE JESSIE J
25 GOOD MORNING TO THE NIGHT ELTON JOHN VS PNAU
26 LIFE IN A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT AMY MACDONALD
27 ENGLAND KEEP MY BONES FRANK TURNER
28 NUMBER ONES BEE GEES
29 NOTHING BUT THE BEAT DAVID GUETTA
30 GRACELAND PAUL SIMON
31 BELIEVE JUSTIN BIEBER
32 IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW OLLY MURS
33 BLUR 21 BLUR
34 DARK ROOTS OF EARTH TESTAMENT
35 NEED YOU NOW LADY ANTEBELLUM
36 WATCH THE THRONE JAY-Z & KANYE WEST
37 THE SOUL SESSIONS - VOL 2 JOSS STONE
38 STRONGER KELLY CLARKSON
39 FORTUNE CHRIS BROWN
40 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

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