Pop Smoke's Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon gaining ground on Ava Max and Nick Mason in race for UK Number 1 album

The late US rapper's debut album appears as a late contender for this week's Number 1.

Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album has appeared as a late contender for this week’s Number 1 album.

The late US rapper’s album Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon was at Number 6 in Monday’s Official Albums Chart Update but has jumped to Number 3 in today’s sales flash (Sept. 23) as it continues to perform well on streaming.

Ava Max’s debut album Heaven & Hell is currently holding at Number 1, and Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets are at 2 with Live At The Roundhouse, though just 849 chart sales are separating the Top 3 with two more days to go.

Shoot For The Stars debuted at Number 2 in July and has been a mainstay in the Top 10 ever since; 10 of its 11 weeks in the chart have been in the Top 5, three of which were in the runner-up slot.

MORE: View Pop Smoke's Official UK Chart history in full

The cut-off point for sales and streams to count toward this week’s chart is 23.59pm Thursday. Final placings are revealed on Friday (Sept. 25) with the Top 5 albums announced on BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart with Scott Mills from 4pm.

The full Official Albums Chart Top 100 will be published exclusively on OfficialCharts.com at 5.45pm.