Pharrell Williams heading for first Number 1 solo album with G I R L

Man of the moment Pharrell Williams is on track to add a Number 1 album to his ever-growing list of UK chart accolades.

Man of the moment Pharrell Williams is on track to add a Number 1 album to his ever-growing list of UK chart accolades.

Pharrell Williams’ immaculate run of form shows no sign of letting up: after scoring his third UK million-selling single in twelve months last weekend with Happy, the US singer/songwriter and producer is on course to now also add a UK Number 1 solo album to his trophy cabinet this weekend.

G I R L, Pharrell’s much anticipated second solo album, is in pole position on today’s Official Albums Chart Update. According to the Official Charts Company’s sales data, it is currently outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined at this midway stage.

Should its momentum continue, G I R L will become Pharrell’s highest charting album in the UK to date: his 2006 debut solo album, In My Mind, peaked at Number 7 on the Official Albums Chart, while 2004’s Fly Or Die by his band N*E*R*D peaked at Number 4.

Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon climbs one place to Number 2 on today’s Update, while reigning chart kings Bastille are down two to Number 3 with Bad Blood. Arctic Monkeys also fall two places to Number 4 with AM, and Beyonce remains static at Number 5 with her self-titled album.

New Entries

There are eight other new albums entries on today’s Official Chart Update:  Rick Ross is at Number 6 with his sixth solo album, Mastermind. The US rapper’s previous outing, God Forgives, I Don’t reached Number 8 in 2012.

Mike Oldfield is also headed for the Top 10 this weekend. The Tubular Bells star’s 25th album, and first new material in almost six years, Man On The Rocks, is new in at Number 7.

Following their recent success on the Official Singles Chart with Say Something FT Christina Aguilera, New York duo A Great Big World debut at Number 10 today with their first full-length, Is There Anybody Out There?

Drive-By TruckersEnglish Oceans and We Are ScientistsTV En Francais are at 21 and 22, respectively. This week’s new entries are completed by Blood Red Shoes‘ eponymous fourth album (30), Rufus Wainright’s new Best Of collection, Vibrate (31), and Real Estate’s Atlas (35).

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 GIRL PHARRELL WILLIAMS
2 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
3 BAD BLOOD BASTILLE
4 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
5 BEYONCE BEYONCE
6 MASTERMIND RICK ROSS
7 MAN ON THE ROCKS MIKE OLDFIELD
8 TRUE AVICII
9 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR
10 IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE A GREAT BIG WORLD
11 SETTLE DISCLOSURE
12 DAYS ARE GONE HAIM
13 MORNING PHASE BECK
14 HOME RUDIMENTAL
15 LOVE IN THE FUTURE JOHN LEGEND
16 LITTLE RED KATY B
17 NIGHT VISIONS IMAGINE DRAGONS
18 PURE HEROINE LORDE
19 THE 1975 1975
20 TRIBUTE JOHN NEWMAN
21 ENGLISH OCEANS DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
22 TV EN FRANCAIS WE ARE SCIENTISTS
23 MOON LANDING JAMES BLUNT
24 SHANGRI LA JAKE BUGG
25 PRISM KATY PERRY
26 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX BRUNO MARS
27 SO LONG SEE YOU TOMORROW BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB
28 MIDNIGHT MEMORIES ONE DIRECTION
29 IN A PERFECT WORLD KODALINE
30 BLOOD RED SHOES BLOOD RED SHOES
31 VIBRATE - THE BEST OF RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
32 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
33 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST GARY BARLOW
34 ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS PASSENGER
35 ATLAS REAL ESTATE
36 TO BE LOVED MICHAEL BUBLE
37 TIME FLIES - 1994-2009 OASIS
38 THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2 EMINEM
39 PRESENT TENSE WILD BEASTS
40 BORN TO DIE LANA DEL REY

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