Hozier on course for highest new albums entry

Hozier is on course for this week’s highest new entry on the Official Albums Chart.

The Irish musician – real name Andrew Hozier-Byrne - lands at Number 4 on today’s Chart Update with his self-titled debut.

The record includes the single Take Me To Church, which last month climbed into the UK Top 40 seven weeks after its release and has so far peaked at Number 26 on the Official Singles Chart.

Meanwhile, George Ezra continues to lead the tally with his debut album Wanted On Voyage. The record climbed to Number 1 last week after 14 weeks in the Top 10.

Ed Sheeran’s X climbs a place to Number 2 on today’s Update, Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour is at 3, and Barbra Streisand’s duets album Partners completes the Top 5.

New entries

In addition to Hozier, there are a massive 13 new entries on today’s album chart Update.

Canadian musician Caribou aka Dan Snaith is on course for his highest-charting UK album to date with Our Love at Number 7, and Johnny Marr’s second solo album Playland enters at 8.

UK electro-house duo Gorgon City start at Number 9 with Sirens, and country trio Lady Antebellum could score their fourth UK Top 10 album this Sunday with 747, which is currently at Number 10.

Further down the chart, Bryan Adams’ 11th studio album and first in six years Tracks Of My Years starts at Number 11, UB40 singer Ali Campbell enters at 13 with Silhouette, and Lower Than Atlantis look set for a Top 20 placing with their self-titled LP (14).

Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks is on course to score her seventh Top 40 solo album this Sunday with 24 Karat: Songs From The Vault (16), and Flying Lotus are set for their highest-charting album yet this Sunday with You’re Dead. The record is at Number 18 in today’s Update, beating their previous peak of 34 with 2012’s Until The Quiet Times.

Elsewhere, Jamie Cullum’s seventh album Interlude (19) Jackson Browne’s Standing In The Breach (23), Weezer’s Everything Will Be Alright (25), and Irish folk duo Foster and Allen’s Gold & Silver Days (37) are all set to enter the Top 40 this weekend.

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 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
2 X ED SHEERAN
3 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
4 HOZIER HOZIER
5 PARTNERS BARBRA STREISAND
6 R-KIVE GENESIS
7 OUR LOVE CARIBOU
8 PLAYLAND JOHNNY MARR
9 SIRENS GORGON CITY
10 747 LADY ANTEBELLUM
11 TRACKS OF MY YEARS BRYAN ADAMS
12 NO SOUND WITHOUT SILENCE SCRIPT
13 SILHOUETTE ALI CAMPBELL
14 LOWER THAN ATLANTIS LOWER THAN ATLANTIS
15 CARRY ON THE GRUDGE JAMIE T
16 24 KARAT GOLD - SONGS FROM THE VAULT STEVIE NICKS
17 THIS IS ALL YOURS ALT-J
18 YOU'RE DEAD FLYING LOTUS
19 INTERLUDE JAMIE CULLUM
20 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
21 AMERICAN IDIOT GREEN DAY
22 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD
23 STANDING IN THE BREACH JACKSON BROWNE
24 POPULAR PROBLEMS LEONARD COHEN
25 EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT IN THE END WEEZER
26 THE WHOLE STORY KATE BUSH
27 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
28 LIQUID SPIRIT GREGORY PORTER
29 X CHRIS BROWN
30 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS
31 ART OFFICIAL AGE PRINCE
32 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
33 GHOST STORIES COLDPLAY
34 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR
35 STARS COLLABRO
36 BLUE SMOKE - THE BEST OF DOLLY PARTON
37 GOLD & SILVER DAYS FOSTER & ALLEN
38 MEET THE VAMPS VAMPS
39 LULLABY AND THE CEASELESS ROAR ROBERT PLANT
40 SINGLES FUTURE ISLANDS

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