Will.I.Am and Frank Turner take on Michael Buble in albums battle

Michael Buble faces tough competition from Frank Turner and Will.I.Am if he wants to hold on to Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart.

Michael Buble faces tough competition from Frank Turner and Will.I.Am if he wants to hold on to Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart.

Michael Buble has a fight on his hands if he wants to spend a second week at Number 1. The Canadian crooner, whose latest full length, To Be Loved, became the fastest selling artist release of 2013 last week, is ahead of his closest rivals Frank Turner and Will.I.Am by a tight margin of less than 12,000 copies at this midway stage.

London-based singer-songwriter Frank Turner, who performed during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, is currently Number 2 with fourth album Tape Deck Heart. Turner’s previous highest charting album was 2011’s England Keep My Bones which peaked at Number 12.

Meanwhile Black Eyed Peas main man and The Voice coach Will.I.Am’s fourth solo album, #Willpower, debuts at Number 3 on today’s Official Albums Chart Update. #Willpower has already spawned four Official Singles Chart Top 40 hits (including the Number 1s This Is Love FT Eva Simons and Scream And Shout FT Britney Spears).

Find out who comes out on top this Sunday on the Official Chart show with Jameela Jamil on BBC Radio 1 from 4pm, and see the full Official Albums Chart Top 100 on www.officialcharts.com from 7pm.

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 5 is rounded off with Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events (Number 4) and Pink’s The Truth About Love dropping to 5.

New entries and high climbers

In addition to Frank Turner’s Tape Deck Heart (Number 2) and Will.I.Am’s #Willpower (3), there are three new entries on this week’s Official Albums Chart Update.

French band Phoenix, whose fifth album Bankrupt! is currently at Number 8, and looks set to give the band their first Top 40 album. Rob Zombie’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Chamber currently stands at Number 22. The artist formally known as Snoop Dogg, sees his reggae rebirth as Snoop Lion enter at 26 with Reincarnation, and veteran rockers Whitesnake’s CD/DVD package Live In Japan is new in at 33.

Also set to return to the Official Albums Chart Top 40 on Sunday is Daft Punk’s 2001 album Discovery (27), and after their appearance on Graham Norton’s show at the weekend, HurtsExile climbs 27 places to 34.

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

1 TO BE LOVED MICHAEL BUBLE
2 TAPE DECK HEART FRANK TURNER
3 WILLPOWER WILL I AM
4 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
5 THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE PINK
6 THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
7 BANKRUPT PHOENIX
8 SAVE ROCK AND ROLL FALL OUT BOY
9 BAD BLOOD BASTILLE
10 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX BRUNO MARS
11 18 MONTHS CALVIN HARRIS
12 NIGHT VISIONS IMAGINE DRAGONS
13 PARAMORE PARAMORE
14 GRAFFITI ON THE TRAIN STEREOPHONICS
15 BAT OUT OF HELL MEAT LOAF
16 NUMBER 3 SCRIPT
17 BABEL MUMFORD & SONS
18 THE LUMINEERS LUMINEERS
19 TAKE ME HOME ONE DIRECTION
20 EVERY KINGDOM BEN HOWARD
21 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
22 VENOMOUS RAT REGENERATION VENDOR ROB ZOMBIE
23 THE NEXT DAY DAVID BOWIE
24 LES MISERABLES MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
25 RED TAYLOR SWIFT
26 REINCARNATED SNOOP LION
27 DISCOVERY DAFT PUNK
28 JAKE BUGG JAKE BUGG
29 UNAPOLOGETIC RIHANNA
30 DELETED SCENES FROM THE CUTTING ROOM CARO EMERALD
31 THE HEIST MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
32 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME OLLY MURS
33 MADE IN JAPAN WHITESNAKE
34 EXILE HURTS
35 MOSQUITO YEAH YEAH YEAHS
36 SING TO THE MOON LAURA MVULA
37 UP ALL NIGHT ONE DIRECTION
38 OPPOSITES BIFFY CLYRO
39 ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS PASSENGER
40 HOLY FIRE FOALS

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