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.
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.
|1||CHAPTER ONE||ELLA HENDERSON|
|2||SWEET TALKER||JESSIE J|
|4||SONGS OF INNOCENCE||U2|
|5||WANTED ON VOYAGE||GEORGE EZRA|
|6||TOUGH LOVE||JESSIE WARE|
|7||IN THE LONELY HOUR||SAM SMITH|
|10||THE STORY - THE VERY BEST OF||SPANDAU BALLET|
|13||NO SOUND WITHOUT SILENCE||SCRIPT|
|14||WORLD ON FIRE||SLASH|
|17||CAUSTIC LOVE||PAOLO NUTINI|
|18||THIS IS ALL YOURS||ALT-J|
|19||POPULAR PROBLEMS||LEONARD COHEN|
|20||ROYAL BLOOD||ROYAL BLOOD|
|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|
|33||TRACKS OF MY YEARS||BRYAN ADAMS|
|35||THE NIGHT IS YOUNG||2 BEARS|
|37||ALL ABOUT IT||HOODIE ALLEN|
|39||IF YOU WAIT||LONDON GRAMMAR|
|40||BLUE SMOKE - THE BEST OF||DOLLY PARTON|
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