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U.K. MIDWEEK CHARTS: BLINK 182 HEADED FOR FIRST #1

Blink-182 are on track for their first-ever U.K. Official Albums Chart #1. California (BMG) is outselling the rest of the Top 3 with 17k combined sales at midweek stage. Calum Scott and The Chainsmokers are the acts showing promise with singles.

While Blink have never hit the albums top spot, they’ve had three Top 10 entries in Blighty in 2001’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket at #4, 2005’s Greatest Hits at #6 and 2011’s Neighborhoods, which also peaked at #6.

The rest of the albums chart at midweek stage consists of Glastonbury acts with Coldplay at #2 with A Head Full of Dreams (Parlophone), Adele at #3 with 25 (XL) and ELO at #4 with All Over the World (RCA). Beyoncé, who’s in the U.K. for her Formation World Tour, closes the Top 5 with Lemonade (RCA).  Aside from Blink, Bat for Lashes is the highest new entry at #6 with The Bride (Parlophone).

Over on the Official Singles list at half way stage, Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners are ahead of Drake’s “One Dance” (Island) by 1.3k combined chart sales. Can it maintain the lead for Friday—ending Drake’s 12-week reign?

Elsewhere, Calvin Harris and Rihanna's “This Is What You Came For” (Columbia) moves up one place to #3, Drake and Rihanna’s “Too Good” (Island) slips one place to #4, and Justin Timberlake's “Can't Stop The Feeling” (RCA) is a non-mover at #5.

Other tracks making waves in Blighty this week come from new Capitol signing Calum Scott and Sony DJ duo The Chainsmokers.

Scott’s “Dancing On My Own” (Virgin EMI) is up four places to #8 and is currently #2 on the U.K. iTunes chart, despite very little radio play. BBC Radio 1 and Capital FM have yet to playlist the track—will its chart success change that this week? Both are on board, however, with The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down” (Sony) f/Daya, which is up six places to #10 and #4 on the U.K. iTunes Chart. 

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