Years & Years’ Communion outselling the rest of the Top 10

Plus there are new entries from Fifth Harmony, Prides and Groove Armada on today's Official Chart Update.

It looks like Years & Years’ prayers will be answered this week as their debut album Communion has stormed into the lead on today’s Official Albums Chart Update.

The trio - who were one of a wave of acts who released their latest projects on New Music Friday, the global initiative to align the release day of new music around the world - are currently outselling the rest of the Top 10 combined with the record, which includes the hit songs Desire, Shine and Number 1 single King.

Meanwhile, last week’s Number 1, x, by Ed Sheeran is down to 2 and James Bay’s Chaos and the Calm jumps a place to Number 3.

Lionel Richie & The Commodores’ The Definitive Collection is at 4, while Taylor Swift’s 1989 completes the Top 5.

New entries and high climbers

US X Factor girl group, Fifth Harmony, could be scoring a Top 10 with their debut album Reflection this week, currently at 9, and Scottish synthpop band Prides debut at 14 with their first record The Way Back Up.

British metal band Cradle of Filth are on course to land their first UK Top 40 album this week with Hammer of the Witches, currently at Number 19 and Birdy’s Fire Within re-enters the Top 40 at 24. The folk singer’s track Wings is currently enjoying a resurgence on the Official Singles Chart thanks to a TV advert for Lloyds Bank.

Groove Armada start at 25 with their eighth album Little Black Book and electronic musician Four Tet is new at 30 with Morning/Evening.

Finally US punk-pop band R5 could earn their first Top 40 album with Sometime Last Night, currently at 33, while Little Boots third album Working Girl is at 40. 

This week's Official Top 40 Albums Chart Update appears below. Click here to view the full Top 100:

1 COMMUNION YEARS & YEARS
2 X ED SHEERAN
3 CHAOS AND THE CALM JAMES BAY
4 THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION LIONEL RICHIE & THE COMMODORES
5 1989 TAYLOR SWIFT
6 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
7 HOW BIG HOW BLUE HOW BEAUTIFUL FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
8 THE VERY BEST OF FLEETWOOD MAC
9 REFLECTION FIFTH HARMONY
10 WRITTEN IN SCARS JACK SAVORETTI
11 HOZIER HOZIER
12 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
13 THE LONG WAY HOME KREPT & KONAN
14 THE WAY BACK UP PRIDES
15 DRONES MUSE
16 + ED SHEERAN
17 WILDER MIND MUMFORD & SONS
18 TITLE MEGHAN TRAINOR
19 HAMMER OF THE WITCHES CRADLE OF FILTH
20 THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION PAUL SIMON
21 THE DESIRED EFFECT BRANDON FLOWERS
22 IRON MAN 2 - OST AC/DC
23 ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS NEIL DIAMOND
24 FIRE WITHIN BIRDY
25 LITTLE BLACK BOOK GROOVE ARMADA
26 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY PRODIGY
27 LIQUID SPIRIT GREGORY PORTER
28 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
29 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
30 MORNING/EVENING FOURTET
31 GREATEST HITS BON JOVI
32 DIRECT HITS KILLERS
33 SOMETIME LAST NIGHT R5
34 GREATEST HITS GUNS N' ROSES
35 THE VERY BEST OF GLENN MILLER
36 AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO FALL OUT BOY
37 MY LOVE IS COOL WOLF ALICE
38 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
39 WHO HITS 50 WHO
40 WORKING GIRL LITTLE BOOTS

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