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UMG'S VALUATION NEARS $55B
Day one begins. (9/23a)
SAVE THE DATE: GRAMMY NOMS REVEALED 11/23
Whoa, that's early. (9/21a)
A HARD DAY’S
HITS LIST
Stars across the board (9/21a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
THE LUCIAN DECADE
A history lesson from I.B. Bad (9/23a)
SIR LUCIAN TURNS IT UP
As UMG goes solo, Grainge discusses leading the band. (9/20a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
Blighty Beat
U.K. MIDWEEKS: MANIC MONDAY
9/13/21

Manic Street Preachers and Steps are battling it out to claim this week’s U.K. Official Albums #1 with the former currently leading the way. Over on singles, Ed Sheeran looks set to replace himself at the top.

The Manics’ 14th studio album, The Ultra Vivid Lament (Columbia), is #1 at the midweek stage with a margin of 3k sales. Steps, whose What The Future Holds Pt. 2 (BMG) is the most downloaded album of the week so far, sits at #2.

The first album in nine years from  The Stranglers, Dark Matters (Coursegood), is new at #3 and The Vaccines are heading toward their fifth consecutive Top 5 album with Back In Love City (Super Easy) at #4. Drake’s Certified Lover Boy (Island) has dropped to #5.

Universal’s reissue of Metallica’s self-titled fifth set—which includes a companion covers album featuring the likes of Miley Cyrus and Elton John—starts at #6.

Kacey Musgravesstar-crossed (UMG) is new at #7, and a deluxe edition of prog-rock group Marillion’s 1978 release, Fugazi (Parlophone), starts at #9.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweeks, Sheeran’s new single “Shivers” (Atlantic) is 10k sales ahead of his long-running #1, “Bad Habits,” and looks set to steal the top spot on Friday.

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