RAYE's My 21st Century Blues closes gap on Shania Twain's Queen Of Me in Number 1 album race

Could RAYE catch up to country superstar Shania by Friday?

The race for this week's Official Number 1 album hots up, as RAYE closes the gap on country queen Shania Twain overnight.

According to the latest Official Charts Company data, RAYE's independently-released debut My 21st Century Blues now sits just 2,600 chart units behind Shania's latest LP Queen Of Me.

Queen Of Me - Shania's sixth studio album - remains at Number 1 in today's update and could well become the Canadian star's third UK chart-topper; joining 1998 release Come On Over and 2017's Now.

Though RAYE is certainly giving Shania a run for her money, with My 21st Century Blues gaining momentum at Number 2 and edging closer to the top spot.

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Shania Twain has, to date, scored a total of five UK Top 10 albums: 1998 debut Come On Over (1), 2000's The Woman In Me (7), 2002 release Up! (4), her 2004 Greatest Hits collection (6) and 2017 LP Now (1).

Explore Shania's Official Top 20 biggest songs in the UK here.

This comes after RAYE recently achieved her first-ever UK Number 1 single with viral hit Escapism. featuring 070 Shake.

Speaking exclusively to OfficialCharts.com at the time, RAYE said: "We are Number 1 in the UK! It’s the first Number 1 of the year, it’s my first Number 1 in my life. I’m an independent artist, this is sickening!

"This is proof [you should] back yourself, no matter what. Thank you, this is mad. These are happy tears!"

WATCH RAYE get emotional as she accepts her Official Number 1 Single Award for Escapism. below:


Find out who claims this week's Official Number 1 album of the BBC Radio 1's Official Chart Show with Jack Saunders this Friday February 10 from 4pm.