John Newman’s Tribute leads Official Albums Chart race

Love Me Again singer John Newman is heading for his first Number 1 album this weekend, while Cher returns to the Top 10 with new music for the first time in 15 years.

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Love Me Again singer John Newman is heading for his first Number 1 album this weekend, while Cher returns to the Top 10 with new music for the first time in 15 years.

John Newman topped the Official Singles Chart last summer providing the vocals for East London collective’s Rudimental’s breakthrough hit, Feel The Love, before topping the chart again with Love Me Again earlier this year. Now he looks set to add a Number 1 album to his growing list of accolades.

The 23-year-old singer / songwriter from Settle, Yorkshire leads the charge on today’s Official Albums Chart Update with his debut full-length, Tribute. John is currently outselling his closest competitors, US band Pearl Jam’s Lighting Bolt (Number 2), by more than 3,000 copies.

Meanwhile, Cher is on track for a return to the Top 10 for the first time since 1998’s Number 7 hit Believe, with her latest offering, Closer To The Truth (Number 3). If it maintains its momentum, Closer To the Truth will be Cher’s highest charting studio album since Love Hurts some 22 years ago.

Sir Paul McCartney is all set to debut one place behind her with his sixteenth solo album, New (4), while Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jonathan and Charlotte, complete today’s Official Albums Chart Update Top 5 with their second album, Perhaps Love (5). Their 2012 debut, Together, also peaked at Number 5.

New Entries

In addition to releases from John Newman (Number 1), Pearl Jam (2), Cher (3), Paul McCartney (4) and Jonathan and Charlotte (5), there are nine other new entries on today’s Official Albums Chart Update.

The Saturdays are heading for their fourth Top 10 album this weekend with Living For The Weekend. The album - which features their recent hits 30 Days, Gentleman, Disco Love and their first ever Number 1 single, What About Us - is at Number 6 today.

Industrial pioneer Gary Numan is at Number 10 with his 20th studio album, Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind), while rising US folk rock star Lissie is heading for the Top 20 with Back To Forever (11).

Florida rockers Trivium are at 14 with Vengeance Falls, UK rapper Giggs is eyeing up a personal best with When Will It Stop? (15), while Will Young’s new greatest hits collection, The Essential Will Young, enters at 19 midweek.

And finally former Bros vocalist Matt GossLife You Imagine (20), Eliza Doolittle’s In Your Hands (23) and Jonathan Wilson’s Fanfare (34) complete this week’s new entries.

You can watch an interview with Matt Goss talking about his new album below:

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 TRIBUTE JOHN NEWMAN
2 LIGHTNING BOLT PEARL JAM
3 CLOSER TO THE TRUTH CHER
4 NEW PAUL MCCARTNEY
5 PERHAPS LOVE JONATHAN & CHARLOTTE
6 LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND SATURDAYS
7 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
8 BANGERZ MILEY CYRUS
9 BRAND NEW MACHINE CHASE & STATUS
10 SPLINTER (SONGS FROM A BROKEN MIND) GARY NUMAN
11 BACK TO FOREVER LISSIE
12 MECHANICAL BULL KINGS OF LEON
13 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR
14 VENGEANCE FALLS TRIVIUM
15 WHEN WILL IT STOP GIGGS
16 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
17 NOTHING WAS THE SAME DRAKE
18 DAYS ARE GONE HAIM
19 THE ESSENTIAL WILL YOUNG
20 LIFE YOU IMAGINE MATT GOSS
21 ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS PASSENGER
22 NATIVE ONEREPUBLIC
23 IN YOUR HANDS ELIZA DOOLITTLE
24 ALIVE JESSIE J
25 THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE - 2 OF 2 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
26 JOIN THE CLUB LUCY SPRAGGAN
27 JAKE BUGG JAKE BUGG
28 TRUE AVICII
29 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
30 TO BE LOVED MICHAEL BUBLE
31 HOME RUDIMENTAL
32 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX BRUNO MARS
33 TATTOOS JASON DERULO
34 FANFARE JONATHAN WILSON
35 SETTLE DISCLOSURE
36 BABEL MUMFORD & SONS
37 TIME ROD STEWART
38 BAD BLOOD BASTILLE
39 FORTRESS ALTER BRIDGE
40 TAKE ME HOME ONE DIRECTION

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