Ella Henderson heading for Number 1 debut album

Singer/songwriter Ella Henderson is on track to top this week’s Official Albums Chart with her debut release Chapter One.

Ella first rose to fame as a contestant on the ninth series of The X Factor, being controversially knocked out in the seventh week after joining eventual winner James Arthur in the bottom two.

Chapter One, which has spawned a debut Number 1 single Ghost and Top 10 follow up Glow, is currently outselling its nearest rival by more than two copies to one.

Check out Ella talking about her favourite tracks from Chapter One here.

If its sales momentum continues into the weekend, Chapter One will make Ella the first female to top the chart since Lily Allen’s Sheezus took the title back in May.

New at Number 2 today is Jessie J with her third studio album Sweet Talker. Sweet Talker, which features former Number 1 collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, Bang Bang, is on track to be Jessie’s third Top 3 album.

Elsewhere, Ed Sheeran’s X slides one place to Number 3 at this midweek stage, followed by U2’s Songs Of Innocence (Number 4). The album, which was originally released for free via iTunes back in September, enters the chart today after its physical release and is set to land Bono and co their 16th Top 5 album.

Completing today’s Official Chart Update Top 5 is current chart-topper George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage (5).

New entries and high climbers

There are a further nine new entries on today’s midweek Top 40.

Jessie Ware’s second studio album Tough Love enters the chart at Number 6 today. The LP has spawned Jessie’s first two Top 40 hits, Tough Love and Say You Love Me.

Pink and City and Colour’s new duo You+Me are at 8 with debut album Rose Ave, while Spandau Ballet’s new greatest hits collection The Story – The Very Best Of is at 10.

Britain’s Got Talent alum Jonathan Antoine lands at 11 with debut solo album Tenore, as Si Cranstoun is at 23 with Modern Life.

Ozzy Osbourne is on track for his 14th Official Albums Chart Top 40 with Memoirs Of A Madmad (24), followed closely by Madness with the 35th Anniversary Edition of their 1979 debut One Step Beyond (25).

Finally, The 2 Bears – aka Joe Goddard and Raf Rundell – are back with the follow up to Be Strong. The production duo’s new offering The Night Is Young enters the chart midweek at Number 35, trailed by US rapper Hoodie Allen’s All About It (37).

Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash is set to be this week’s highest climber with World On Fire, up 53 places to Number 14 today.

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows. The Official Albums Chart Top 100 will be posted in full, here, on Sunday at 7pm.

1 CHAPTER ONE ELLA HENDERSON
2 SWEET TALKER JESSIE J
3 X ED SHEERAN
4 SONGS OF INNOCENCE U2
5 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
6 TOUGH LOVE JESSIE WARE
7 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
8 ROSE AVE YOU+ME
9 PARTNERS BARBRA STREISAND
10 THE STORY - THE VERY BEST OF SPANDAU BALLET
11 TENORE JONATHAN ANTOINE
12 GIRL PHARRELL WILLIAMS
13 NO SOUND WITHOUT SILENCE SCRIPT
14 WORLD ON FIRE SLASH
15 R-KIVE GENESIS
16 HOZIER HOZIER
17 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
18 THIS IS ALL YOURS ALT-J
19 POPULAR PROBLEMS LEONARD COHEN
20 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD
21 747 LADY ANTEBELLUM
22 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
23 MODERN LIFE SI CRANSTOUN
24 MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN OZZY OSBOURNE
25 ONE STEP BEYOND - 35TH ANNIVERSARY MADNESS
26 CARRY ON THE GRUDGE JAMIE T
27 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
28 MEET THE VAMPS VAMPS
29 EVERY KINGDOM BEN HOWARD
30 PLAYLAND JOHNNY MARR
31 SIRENS GORGON CITY
32 INTERLUDE JAMIE CULLUM
33 TRACKS OF MY YEARS BRYAN ADAMS
34 OUR LOVE CARIBOU
35 THE NIGHT IS YOUNG 2 BEARS
36 GHOST STORIES COLDPLAY
37 ALL ABOUT IT HOODIE ALLEN
38 + ED SHEERAN
39 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR
40 BLUE SMOKE - THE BEST OF DOLLY PARTON

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