QOTSA and Disclosure battle it out for Official Album Chart Number 1

Josh Homme's QOTSA face off with the Disclosure brothers in nail-biting race for Number 1.

Josh Homme's QOTSA and the Disclosure brothers go head-to-head in nail-biting race for Number 1.

The gloves are off!

It’s USA vs UK / Californa vs Surrey / veterans vs rookies / rock vs electronica / man vs machine as Palm Desert’s Queens Of The Stone Age go head-to-head with Reigate duo Disclosure in the race for Number 1 on the Official Album Chart.

…Like Clockwork, the sixth album from US rock veterans QOTSA snatches a nail-biting lead on Disclosure’s debut album Settle of only a few thousand copies in today’s Official Chart Update, but the gap is steadily narrowing with all still to play for.

Josh Homme’s band of merry men have yet to secure a UK Number 1 album. 2002’s Songs For The Deaf and 2005’s Lullabies To Paralyze both peaked at Number 4.

Meanwhile, Disclosure brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, who have boasted a string of hit singles in recent months, spearheaded by the Number 2-peaking White Noise FT AlunaGeorge, should by no means rule themselves out of a debut chart topper this weekend. With Disclosure currently enjoying no less than three tracks riding in today’s Top 50 over on the Official Singles Chart Update, the UK public are clearly keen - could an albums upset be on the cards come Sunday’s final whistle?

Daft Punk look set to lose their two-week hold on Number 1 as Random Access Memories falls down two to Number 3, while Rod Stewart’s Time slips to Number 4.

Miles Kane is on course for his highest charting solo album to date, as the former Rascals and Last Shadow Puppets singer’s second release Don’t Forget Who You Are is at Number 5 in this week’s Official Chart Update.

New entries

Rock super veterans Megadeth are on course for their highest charting album in almost a decade as their fourteenth studio album Supercollider is at Number 14 midweek. At Number 20 is Mutation’s Error 500, followed by City & Colour at Number 21 with The Hurry And The Harm.

This week’s new entries are rounded off by Sleeping With Sirens’ third album Feel at Number 28 and Camera Obscura’s Desire Lines (30).

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

1 LIKE CLOCKWORK QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
2 SETTLE DISCLOSURE
3 RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES DAFT PUNK
4 TIME ROD STEWART
5 DON'T FORGET WHO YOU ARE MILES KANE
6 ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS PASSENGER
7 HOME RUDIMENTAL
8 BAD BLOOD BASTILLE
9 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME OLLY MURS
10 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
11 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
12 THE SHOCKING MISS EMERALD CARO EMERALD
13 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX BRUNO MARS
14 SUPER COLLIDER MEGADETH
15 TO BE LOVED MICHAEL BUBLE
16 18 MONTHS CALVIN HARRIS
17 ONCE I WAS AN EAGLE LAURA MARLING
18 LONDON WITH THE LIGHTS ON STOOSHE
19 NIGHT VISIONS IMAGINE DRAGONS
20 ERROR 500 MUTATION
21 THE HURRY AND THE HARM CITY & COLOUR
22 GRAFFITI ON THE TRAIN STEREOPHONICS
23 ENGLISH RAIN GABRIELLE APLIN
24 BEST OF - DECADE IN THE SUN STEREOPHONICS
25 LES MISERABLES MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
26 THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE PINK
27 JAKE BUGG JAKE BUGG
28 FEEL SLEEPING WITH SIRENS
29 EVERY KINGDOM BEN HOWARD
30 DESIRE LINES CAMERA OBSCURA
31 THE CONVERSATION TEXAS
32 MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE CITY VAMPIRE WEEKEND
33 THE LUMINEERS LUMINEERS
34 PARAMORE PARAMORE
35 THE HEIST MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
36 NOTHING BUT THE BEAT DAVID GUETTA
37 TROUBLE WILL FIND ME NATIONAL
38 DEMI DEMI LOVATO
39 NUMBER 3 SCRIPT
40 BABEL MUMFORD & SONS

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