Lady Gaga set to knock Eminem off top of Official Albums Chart

Lady Gaga is heading for her third UK Number 1 album this weekend with ARTPOP, while Celine Dion and Little Mix look set to debut in the Top 5.

Lady Gaga is heading for her third UK Number 1 album this weekend with ARTPOP, while Celine Dion and Little Mix look set to debut in the Top 5.

Lady Gaga is on course for her third UK Number 1 album this weekend, the Official Charts Company can reveal.

The US singer looks set to knock reigning Official Albums Chart king Eminem off the top spot with her latest studio full-length, ARTPOP.

Counting sales up to midnight last night, ARTPOP has sold nearly 47,000 in its first two days of release in the UK. It currently has a lead of more than 17,000 copies on its closest competitor - Celine Dion’s Loved Me Back To Life (Number 2).

Eminem slides two places to Number 3 with The Marshall Mathers LP 2, while 2011 X Factor winners Little Mix are new in at Number 4 with their second album, Salute.

This week’s Official Albums Chart Update Top 5 is completed by The Killers’ Best Of album, Direct Hits (5).

New Entries

In addition to Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP (Number 1), Celine Dion’s Loved Me Back To Life (2), Little Mix’s Salute (4) and The KillersDirect Hits (5), there are eight other new entries on today’s Official Albums Chart Update.

English tenor Alfie Boe is heading for his fourth consecutive Top 10 album this weekend with Trust (7), while The BeatlesOn Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2 is new in at Number 8. The album features 63 previously unreleased tracks from The Fab Four’s 1963-64 BBC Radio broadcasts. Keane’s new Greatest Hits collection, The Best Of, debuts at Number 10, while Sir Cliff Richard’s The Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll Songbook - which sees the chart legend revisiting his rock ‘n’ roll roots for his 100th album - is at Number 11 on today’s Update.

Meanwhile, Daniel O’Donnell is on track for his 30th UK Top 40 album this weekend with A Picture Of You (Number 14). The Irish singer/songwriter has achieved at least one Top 40 album every year since 1991, which is an Official Chart record. This week’s new entries are completed by Russell Watson’s Only One Man (Number 19), Erasure’s Snow Globe (21) and the re-mastered edition of The Beatles’ first Live At The BBC album is at 38.

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 ARTPOP LADY GAGA
2 LOVED ME BACK TO LIFE CELINE DION
3 THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2 EMINEM
4 SALUTE LITTLE MIX
5 DIRECT HITS KILLERS
6 THE NATION'S FAVOURITE ELVIS SONGS ELVIS PRESLEY
7 TRUST ALFIE BOE
8 ON AIR - LIVE AT THE BBC - VOL 2 BEATLES
9 JAMES ARTHUR JAMES ARTHUR
10 THE BEST OF KEANE
11 THE FABULOUS ROCK 'N' ROLL SONGBOOK CLIFF RICHARD
12 MUSIC OF THE NIGHT ANDRE RIEU & JOHANN STRAUSS OR
13 MOON LANDING JAMES BLUNT
14 A PICTURE OF YOU DANIEL O'DONNELL
15 SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES OVERTONES
16 DEMONSTRATION TINIE TEMPAH
17 PRISM KATY PERRY
18 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
19 ONLY ONE MAN RUSSELL WATSON
20 THE VERY BEST OF BOB DYLAN
21 SNOW GLOBE ERASURE
22 REFLEKTOR ARCADE FIRE
23 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX BRUNO MARS
24 TO BE LOVED MICHAEL BUBLE
25 PURE HEROINE LORDE
26 MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY ROD STEWART
27 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR
28 YOU & ME SHANE FILAN
29 ALIVE JESSIE J
30 BANGERZ MILEY CYRUS
31 PERHAPS LOVE JONATHAN & CHARLOTTE
32 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
33 WORD OF MOUTH WANTED
34 JAKE BUGG JAKE BUGG
35 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
36 THE BEST OF - VOL 1 NICKELBACK
37 TIME ROD STEWART
38 LIVE AT THE BBC BEATLES
39 TRIBUTE JOHN NEWMAN
40 NOTHING WAS THE SAME DRAKE

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