Picture This battling for Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart with Life in Colour, Kojaque and Saint Sister heading for Top 10

Three albums by homegrown Irish artists are performing well in the midweek sales flash.

Picture This are vying for Number 1 on this week's Official Irish Albums Chart, while fellow homegrown new releases from Kojaque and Saint Sister are heading for the Top 10.

Kildare pop group Picture This lead today (June 28)'s Official Chart Update with third studio album Life In Colour, which racked up the most CD sales and downloads over the weekend.

If Picture This can keep up their momentum, Life in Colour will mark their fourth Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart following their For You EP (2016), self-titled debut album (2017) and MDRN LV (2019).

Their biggest chart challenge comes from reigning champion Olivia Rodrigo, who is clipping their heels at Number 2 midweek with SOUR. The most-streamed album of the week so far, SOUR has ruled the Top 50 for the last five weeks, the longest consecutive reign in over five years for a female artist.

The most popular album of the week so far on vinyl is Town's Dead, the debut album from Dublin rapper Kojaque, which is Number 3 at the halfway point. Town's Dead is the follow-up to his 2018 Choice Music Prize-nominated mixtape Deli Daydreams, which has accrued three million track streams to date.

Northern Irish folk duo Saint Sister are also in pursuit of a Top 10 placing with their second album Where I Should End. The second best-selling album of the week on vinyl and download formats, Where Should I End would mark Morgan and Gemma's first Top 50 album. Their 2018 debut reached Number 93 and was nominated for the 2018 RTÉ Choice Music Prize.

This week's final Official Irish Albums and Singles Charts will be published on OfficialCharts.com/Ireland at 3pm on Friday. Listen to the chart every Friday on RTÉ 2FM with Bláthnaid Treacy at 7pm.

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