By Daniel Lane
After scoring his third UK Number 1 single on Sunday with Stay With Me, the rise and rise of Sam Smith looks set to continue this week: The 22-year-old singer/songwriter is on track to knock Coldplay’s Ghost Stories off the top of the Official Albums Chart with his debut full-length, In The Lonely Hour.
According to the latest Official Charts Company sales data, Sam is currently outselling the reigning chart toppers by nearly 20,000 copies at this midway stage.
Ghost Stories, which slides to Number 2 today, became Chris Martin and co’s sixth successive UK Number 1 on Sunday, and the fastest-selling artist album of 2014 so far, selling 168,000 copies during its first week on sale.
Michael Jackson’s Xscape is also down one place to Number 3 today, while Paloma Faith’s A Perfect Contradiction (Number 4) and Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love complete the midweek Top 5.
In addition to Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Number 1), there are seven other new entries on today’s Official Albums Chart Update.
Mariah Carey looks set to claim this week’s second highest new entry with Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. The US singer’s 14th studio album enters at Number 6 today.
Originally released as a limited edition run for last month’s Record Store Day, Canadian singer/songwriter Neil Young’s 35th album, A Letter Home, is at Number 10 today after going on general sale on Monday (May 26).
Norwegian duo Royksopp and Swedish pop starlet Robyn enter at 12 today with their collaboration album, Do It Again. This week’s new entries are completed by Peter Andre’s Big Night (20), Sharon Van Etten’s Are We There (21), Echo And The Bunnymen’s Meteorites (23), and Bury Tomorrow’s Runes (24).
|1||IN THE LONELY HOUR||SAM SMITH|
|4||A PERFECT CONTRADICTION||PALOMA FAITH|
|5||CAUSTIC LOVE||PAOLO NUTINI|
|6||ME - I AM MARIAH - THE ELUSIVE CHANTEUSE||MARIAH CAREY|
|9||WHAT HAVE WE BECOME||PAUL HEATON & JACQUI ABBOTT|
|10||A LETTER HOME||NEIL YOUNG|
|11||IF YOU WAIT||LONDON GRAMMAR|
|12||DO IT AGAIN||ROYKSOPP & ROBYN|
|13||TURN BLUE||BLACK KEYS|
|15||LOVE IN THE FUTURE||JOHN LEGEND|
|18||SUNNY SIDE UP||PAOLO NUTINI|
|19||MIDNIGHT MEMORIES||ONE DIRECTION|
|20||BIG NIGHT||PETER ANDRE|
|21||ARE WE THERE||SHARON VAN ETTEN|
|23||METEORITES||ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN|
|25||MEET THE VAMPS||VAMPS|
|26||GOING BACK HOME||WILKO JOHNSON/ROGER DALTREY|
|27||SINCE I SAW YOU LAST||GARY BARLOW|
|31||MOON LANDING||JAMES BLUNT|
|32||MECHANICAL BULL||KINGS OF LEON|
|36||EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION & WAR||KAISER CHIEFS|
|37||18 MONTHS||CALVIN HARRIS|
|38||FIRST MIND||NICK MULVEY|
|39||DO YOU WANT THE TRUTH OR SOMETHING||PALOMA FAITH|
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