Robert Plant set to claim this week’s Official Albums Chart Number 1

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is on track to clinch the Official Albums Chart Number 1 spot this weekend with Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar.

The singer’s self-produced LP is his tenth solo album and first featuring backing band The Sensational Space Shifters.

Robert also made an appearance on the Official Albums Chart earlier this year when the Jimmy Page remasters of Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III all re-entered the Top 20 back in June.

In total, Robert has scored 33 Official Albums Chart Top 40s, including 20 with Led Zeppelin.

Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar takes the lead over Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Number 2 today) by a margin of just 1400 copies.

Elsewhere in the chart, Ed Sheeran’s X holds its position at 3, while Royal Blood’s self-titled debut is down two places to 4.

Rounding out today’s Official Album Chart Update Top 5 is American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams with his eponymous fourteenth studio album (5).

New Entries

Further to Robert Plant (1) and Ryan Adams (5), there are a whopping 14 new entries in today’s Official Albums Chart Update Top 40.

US rockers Interpol are heading for a third Top 40 with El Pintor, while Queen’s Live At The Rainbow ’74, which includes a live concert recording from the band’s 1974 Sheer Heart Attack Tour, is at 8.

British quartet The Kooks enter at Number 10 with fourth studio album Listen. The LP marks the band’s first album release in three years as well as the first to be recorded with new drummer Alexis Nunez after the departure of Paul Garred in 2012.

Scottish pop group Deacon Blue are on track for their ninth Top 40 album with A New House (12), followed by Irish punk rockers Stiff Little Fingers with No Going Back (15).

BBC Sound of 2014 winner Banks is at 17 with her highly-anticipated debut studio album Goddess, trailed by American singer-songwriter Jhene Aiko, who is set to score her first Top 40 album with Souled Out (20).

English rockers Status Quo are at 23 with The Frantic Four’s Final Fling, a live album of their 2013 reunion tour recorded at their final show in Dublin.

Motown legend Smokey Robinson is at 26 with Smokey & Friends, followed by British boy band M.A.D with their debut self-titled album at 27.

Phillip PhillipsThe World From The Side Of The Moon (30), Death From Above 1979’s The Physical World (31), In Flames Siren Charms (37) and Paul Carrack’s The Best Of (38) are also all set to enter the Top 40 this weekend.

There are two re-entries in today’s Official Albums Chart Update Top 40. Originally released in 1984, Bob Marley & The Wailers’ greatest hits collection Legend (9) is set to re-enter the Top 40 this weekend, alongside Calvin Harris18 Months which jumps back into the Top 40 after the release of his long awaited collaboration with John Newman, Blame.

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 LULLABY AND THE CEASELESS ROAR ROBERT PLANT
2 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
3 X ED SHEERAN
4 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD
5 RYAN ADAMS RYAN ADAMS
6 EL PINTOR INTERPOL
7 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
8 LIVE AT THE RAINBOW '74 QUEEN
9 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
10 LISTEN KOOKS
11 STARS COLLABRO
12 A NEW HOUSE DEACON BLUE
13 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
14 V MAROON 5
15 NO GOING BACK STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
16 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
17 GODDESS BANKS
18 BLUE SMOKE - THE BEST OF DOLLY PARTON
19 THE WHOLE STORY KATE BUSH
20 SOULED OUT JHENE AIKO
21 MY EVERYTHING ARIANA GRANDE
22 HOUNDS OF LOVE KATE BUSH
23 THE FRANTIC FOUR'S FINAL FLING STATUS QUO
24 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
25 GHOST STORIES COLDPLAY
26 SMOKEY & FRIENDS SMOKEY ROBINSON
27 M.A.D MAD
28 CREATION PIERCES
29 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR
30 THE WORLD FROM THE SIDE OF THE MOON PHILLIP PHILLIPS
31 THE PHYSICAL WORLD DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979
32 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
33 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
34 MEET THE VAMPS VAMPS
35 THE 1975 1975
36 NATIVE ONEREPUBLIC
37 SIREN CHARMS IN FLAMES
38 THE BEST OF PAUL CARRACK
39 18 MONTHS CALVIN HARRIS
40 2.009027778 KASABIAN

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