Little Mix's Glory Days is on course to become their first Number 1 album this week

Plus there are big new entries from Metallica and Bruno Mars on this week's Official Chart Update.

Little Mix are set for glory on the Official Albums Chart this week as the group look set to claim their first Number 1 album.

The quartet’s fourth collection Glory Days has taken an early lead in today’s Official Chart Update, racking up 64,000 combined sales at the halfway stage of the chart week.

If Glory Days can hold its position until Friday’s Official Albums Chart reveal, it’ll mark their first Number 1 album, following three Top 5 collections DNA (2012), Salute (2013) and Get Weird (2015). Click here to view Little Mix’s complete Official Chart history.

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Glory Days includes Shout Out To My Ex, which recently became the group's fourth Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart. Check out Little Mix's complete Official UK Chart history here

Battling it out with Little Mix this week are Metallica, who are currently in the runner-up slot with their tenth studio album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. The band last reached the top spot in 2008 with Death Magnetic.

Rounding off a potential all-new Top 3 is Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic; the singer’s third album after 2012’s Number 1 record Unorthodox Jukebox.

New entries and high climbers

Outside the Top 10, UB40’s first Unplugged album featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue starts at 16, singer-songwriter Dodie is enters at  23 with Intertwined, and a new Donna Summer Ultimate Collection is at 25.

Finally, Craig David’s former Number 1 album Following My Intuition lifts seven places to 28 following his performances on Children In Need and X Factor over the weekend, Andrea Bocelli’s Romanza debuts at 29, and French electronic duo Justice are at 30 with Woman.  

Check out this week's Top 100 Official Albums Chart Update in full

Look back through every Official UK Number 1 album of 2016 so far below:

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