Manic Street Preachers' Futurology set to claim highest new entry

The critically acclaimed Futurology is set to give Manic Street Preachers their highest charting UK album in almost seven years his weekend.

While Ed Sheeran’s X is on track to spend a third week at Number 1 on the UK’s Official Albums Chart this weekend, Manic Street Preachers look set to score this week’s highest new entry. The Welsh rockers’ critically acclaimed twelfth studio album, Futurology, is new in at Number 2 on today’s Update. Should it maintain its sales momentum, it will become the band’s highest charting UK album since Send Away The Tigers in 2007.

Futurology was produced by Cardiff-born, Berlin-based producer Alex Silva, who helmed the band’s seminal 1994 album, The Holy Bible, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Futurology was recorded at Berlin’s Hansa Tonstudio, the now iconic studio used by the likes of Davie Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop back in the 1970s.

Meanwhile, Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke climbs one place to Number 3 today, and Sam Smith is also up one to Number 4 with In The Lonely Hour.

Live Life Living by Example is new in at Number 5. It is the London MC’s first album release since signing to major label Epic Records last year, and is set to become his third UK Top 5 album to date.

New Entries And High Climbers

Sia is on track for her first ever solo UK Top 10 album this weekend. The reclusive Australian star, who has previously penned songs for everyone from Katy Perry to Kylie Minogue, and Beyonce to Britney Spears, is at Number 9 today with her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms Of Fear. The record features latest single, Chandelier.

21-year-old Oxfordshire singer/songwriter Lewis Watson enters at 15 today with his debut album, The Morning, while German folk duo Milky Chance are new in at 21 with their debut album, Sadnecessary.

This week’s new entries are completed by Homecoming by Nicola Benedetti (23), Crosby Stills Nash & Young’s latest live album, CSNY 1974 (26), and Midge Ure’s Fragile is at 37.

And finally, Sex Pistols’ 1977 debut album, Never Mind The B******s, Here’s The Sex Pistols, re-enters the mid-week Top 20 at Number 19, while Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is back in at 36 today.

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 X ED SHEERAN
2 FUTUROLOGY MANIC STREET PREACHERS
3 BLUE SMOKE - THE BEST OF DOLLY PARTON
4 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
5 LIVE LIFE LIVING EXAMPLE
6 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
7 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
8 GHOST STORIES COLDPLAY
9 1000 FORMS OF FEAR SIA
10 48:13 KASABIAN
11 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
12 ULTRAVIOLENCE LANA DEL REY
13 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
14 GIRL PHARRELL WILLIAMS
15 THE MORNING LEWIS WATSON
16 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR
17 MUTINEERS DAVID GRAY
18 + ED SHEERAN
19 NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS SEX PISTOLS
20 MEET THE VAMPS VAMPS
21 SADNECESSARY MILKY CHANCE
22 THE HUNTING PARTY LINKIN PARK
23 HOMECOMING NICOLA BENEDETTI
24 LOVE IN THE FUTURE JOHN LEGEND
25 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
26 CSNY 1974 CROSBY STILLS NASH & YOUNG
27 LIQUID SPIRIT GREGORY PORTER
28 WHISPERS PASSENGER
29 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
30 BAD MICHAEL JACKSON
31 NEW EYES CLEAN BANDIT
32 TURN BLUE BLACK KEYS
33 LAZARETTO JACK WHITE
34 THE 1975 1975
35 XSCAPE MICHAEL JACKSON
36 THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2 EMINEM
37 FRAGILE MIDGE URE
38 TRIGGA TREY SONGZ
39 SHEEZUS LILY ALLEN
40 YOU RAISE ME UP JOHN BARROWMAN

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