Elbow are steamrolling their way towards taking the crown on this week's Official Albums Chart.
The Guy Garvey-fronted group released their seventh studio album Little Fictions last Friday, and it has since shifted 28,000 copies, giving the alt-rockers a comfortable lead in today's chart update.
Elbow's last studio album, 2014’s The Take Off and Landing of Everything, was the four-piece's first Number 1 album and followed three previous Top 5 albums Dead in the Boot, Build A Rocket Boys, and the Mercury Prize winning The Seldom Seen Kid. Check out Elbow’s complete Official UK Chart history here.
Black Star Riders - the band dubbed as "the next step in the evolution of the Thin Lizzy story" - are set for a chart personal best with their third album Heavy Fire, new in at Number 2 at the mid-week stage. Last week's Number 1, the soundtrack to La La Land drops to Number 3.
Watford band Lower Than Atlantis could claim a new personal best with their fifth LP Safe in Sound currently at 4, and Pete Tong's Classic House at 5.
New entries and high climbers
British singer-songwriter Sampha is on course for a debut Top 10 placing with his first album Process at Number 6, while American rapper Big Sean is also headed for his first Top 10 entry with his fourth record I Decided (10).
Folk musician Eliza Carthy MBE is headed for her first Top 40 placing with Big Machine, credited as Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, new at 25 at the halfway mark. Finally, Lady Gaga's fourth solo studio album Joanne vaults 61 places to Number 27 fresh from her Super Bowl Halftime performance last night.