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U.K. MIDWEEKS: T-EED UP FOR #1
7/25/22

After a six-year break, Jamie T is on course to land his first-ever U.K. #1 album with The Theory of Whatever (Polydor). At singles, Warner’s LF System is eyeing a month-long stay at the top.

Jamie T has already landed four titles in the Top 5 on the Official Albums Chart, with 2016’s Trick being the most recent. It topped out at #3.

One slot behind him is Jack White’s second full-length of this year, Entering Heaven Alive (Third Man); his April release, Fear of the Dawn, peaked at #3.

Masquerade (In Synk), the 12th studio album from Bananarama—now in their fourth decade—stands at #5 midweek and may well be their highest-ever chart showing for a collection of new material. Their 1983 debut, Deep Sky Diving, peaked at #8.

Brighton-born The Kooks may also score their highest-charting record in 14 years with sixth studio release 10 Tracks to Echo in the Dark (Lonely Cat/AWAL), which is #8. Another veteran, Gilbert O’Sullivan, find his 20th studio album, Driven (Grand Upright/Union Square), parked at #10; it’s likely it will be his highest Official Albums Chart entry in 48 years.

Bob Marley & the Chineke! Orchestra—a new collection of the reggae legend’s work reimagined by The Chineke! Orchestra—#26, while ZZ Top’s Raw–That Little Ol’ Band from Texas soundtrack (BMG) is #27. A vinyl reissue of Paul Weller’s 2008 album 22 Dreams (Island) has pushed the set to 28.

At singles, where LF System’s “Afraid To Feel” is holding steady at #1, George Ezra’s “Green Green Grass” (Columbia) has inched up to #2. At midweek, the highest new entry is Central Cee’s self-released “Doja” at #4. Billie Eilish’s surprise release “TV” (Darkroom/Interscope) is on track to debut at #18.