Pink Floyd on track for first Number 1 album in nearly 20 years!

Legendary prog icons Pink Floyd are hurtling towards the Official Albums Chart Number 1 this week with The Endless River.

Taking a strong lead on fellow rockers Foo Fighters, Floyd’s The Endless River has sold over 92,000 copies at this midweek stage and is set to become one of the fastest-selling artist albums of the year, as well as Pink Floyd’s first chart topper in nearly two decades.

The LP is the group’s first since the death of keyboardist and founding member Richard Wright, who appears on the record posthumously.

The album is based on unreleased material from the band which was written, recorded and produced with Richard during session for 1994’s Number 1 album, The Division Bell.

Pink Floyd have previously scored 27 Official Albums Chart Top 40s with Atom Heart Mother (1970), Wish You Were Here (1975), The Final Cut (1983), The Division Bell (1994) and Pulse (1995) all hitting the Number 1 spot.

New at Number 2 today are Foo Fighters with their eighth studio album, Sonic Highways. If its sales momentum continues in to the weekend, the LP will be the group’s tenth UK Top 40 release.

Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour is up two places to 3 today, followed by Ed Sheeran’s X, at 4.

Completing today’s Top 5 are Queen with Queen Forever (5). The album is comprised of classic Queen tracks alongside three previously unreleased songs including; collaboration with Michael Jackson, There Must Be More To Life Than This, previously unfinished Let Me In Your Heart Again (from The Work’s album recording sessions) and a new ballad version of Freddie Mercury’s first solo UK Top 40, Love Kills.

New Entries

Further to Pink Floyd’s The Endless River (Number 1), Foo FightersSonic Highways (2) and Queen’s Queen Forever (5), there are seven new entries in today’s Official Albums Chart Top 40.

Fresh from becoming the UK female with the most Number 1 singles in history last week, Cheryl is new at Number 6 with her fourth studio album, Only Human.

US metal group Machine Head are set to score their sixth UK Top 40 album with Bloodstone & Diamonds, while Pakistan-born singer Rumer lands at 12 midweek with Into Colour.

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Donny Osmond is at 14 with The Soundtrack Of My Life, trailed by county singer-songwriter Garth Brooks with Man Against Machine (21).

Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp are set for their sixth Top 40 release with final studio album The Inevitable End (29).

At 31 today is the 2CD Ultimate Edition of Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, which includes 2007’s Ultimate Collection.

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There are also three re-entries in today’s Update, Foo Fighters make their second appearance in the Top 40 with 2009’s Greatest Hits, up 86 places to 15. James Blunt’s Moon Landing (30) climbs 141 places thanks to the Apollo Edition, and the 30th Anniversary Edition of Bryan AdamsReckless lands at 36.

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 THE ENDLESS RIVER PINK FLOYD
2 SONIC HIGHWAYS FOO FIGHTERS
3 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
4 X ED SHEERAN
5 FOREVER QUEEN
6 ONLY HUMAN CHERYL
7 1989 TAYLOR SWIFT
8 MOTION CALVIN HARRIS
9 LOVE IN VENICE ANDRE RIEU
10 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
11 BLOODSTONE & DIAMONDS MACHINE HEAD
12 INTO COLOUR RUMER
13 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
14 THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE DONNY OSMOND
15 GREATEST HITS FOO FIGHTERS
16 PARTNERS BARBRA STREISAND
17 LOVE IN THE FUTURE JOHN LEGEND
18 NOSTALGIA ANNIE LENNOX
19 NO SOUND WITHOUT SILENCE SCRIPT
20 CHAPTER ONE ELLA HENDERSON
21 MAN AGAINST MACHINE GARTH BROOKS
22 AQUOSTIC - STRIPPED BARE STATUS QUO
23 MELODY ROAD NEIL DIAMOND
24 I FORGET WHERE WE WERE BEN HOWARD
25 MY FAVOURITE FADED FANTASY DAMIEN RICE
26 WHO HITS 50 WHO
27 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD
28 BLUE SMOKE - THE BEST OF DOLLY PARTON
29 THE INEVITABLE END ROYKSOPP
30 MOON LANDING JAMES BLUNT
31 LIVE - HER GREATEST/ULTIMATE COLLECTION WHITNEY HOUSTON
32 CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE
33 MEET THE VAMPS VAMPS
34 BIG MUSIC SIMPLE MINDS
35 + ED SHEERAN
36 RECKLESS BRYAN ADAMS
37 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
38 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
39 NATIVE ONEREPUBLIC
40 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR

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