U.K. MIDWEEKS: SAM HEADED FOR #1

Sam Smith is rocketing toward #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart this week with The Thrill of it All (Capitol) shifting 60k combined sales midweek. Sony Music CG is also heading for a high spot with Roy Orbison and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at #2 with A Love So Beautiful.

Smith sold 102k first week with his debut, The Lonely Hour, when it hit #1 in Blighty in 2014. The album went on to spend eight non-consecutive weeks at the top and has returned to the Top 20 at #19 today. “Too Good at Goodbyes,” the #1 single that preceded The Thrill Of It All, has risen four places to #3.

Sony Music CG hit #1 at the end of October with George Michael reissue, Listen Without Prejudice. The label looks set to return to the Top 5 this week with a reworked collection of Orbison’s best known songs sitting 40k combined sales behind Smith.

Last week’s #1, Together Again (Decca) by Ball & Boe, slips to #3, followed by Michael at #4 and P!nk with Beautiful Trauma (RCA) at #5.

The third highest new entry this week is currently Bryan Adam’s retrospective Ultimate (Polydor) at #6; Maroon 5’s sixth album, Red Pill Blues (Interscope), at #11.

On the Official Singles midweeks, Camila Cabello is eyeing a second week at #1 with “Havana” f/Young Thug (Syco) sitting 6k sales ahead of Post Malone f/21 Savage’s “Rockstar” (Island) at #2. After performing on X Factor, Rita Ora rises seven places to #4 with “Anywhere” (Atlantic).

In terms of new releases, Taylor Swift’s “Call It What You Want” (Virgin EMI) starts at #16 and N.E.R.D.are at #29 with “Lemon” (RCA) f/Rihanna.

ON THE BMM COVER:
RICO WADE
ATL legend (6/17a)
KEN & FRIENDS FILL THE FORUM
High times in Inglewood (6/21a)
BEADS! FEEDS! TIKTOK EXPANDS TAY'S ERAS TOUR HUB
Collect 'em all (6/20a)
FESTIVAL FORECAST: IT'S MUDDY OUT THERE
Sloshing through the fun (6/20a)
WELCOME TO ATLANTA
Black Music Month in the ATL (6/18a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
 Email

 First Name

 Last Name

 Company

 Country
CAPTCHA code
Captcha: (type the characters above)