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U.K. MIDWEEKS: EMINEM EXPLODES

Eminem is heading for his ninth U.K. chart-topper with Kamikaze selling 20k combined at the halfway stage, followed by independent British rock band Idles with second album, Joy as an Act of Resistance (Partisan), starting at #2. Over on singles, Calvin Harris and Sam Smith have inched ahead of Benny Blanco.

Sixty percent of Kamikaze sales are downloads, with the rest made up on streaming—the surprise album has yet to be released physically. Should he hold his lead by Friday, Eminem will break the record for most consecutive #1s on the Official Albums Chart. With eight so far, he shares the record with Led Zeppelin and ABBA.

Just behind at #2, Idles look set for their first Top 40—while widely praised, their debut album, Brutalism, didn't chart when it was released in 2017.

Passenger is also new at #5 with eighth studio album, Runaway (Black Crow), followed by The Kooks with Let’s Go Sunshine (Lonely Cat) at #7. Troye Sivan is on the cusp of collecting his second U.K. Top 10 album with Bloom (Polydor) at #8.

On the Official Singles midweeks, Harris is eyeing his 10th U.K. #1 with “Promises” f/Sam Smith (Columbia) sitting 2.7k combined sales ahead of last week’s #1—“Eastside” (Virgin EMI) by Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid.

Eminem has the highest new singles entry with “The Ringer” at #4, followed by “Lucky You” f/Joyner Lucas at #7 and “Greatest” at #9.

Dance supergroup LSD—comprising Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo—are on track for their first U.K. Top 40 together, as “Thunderclouds” (Syco) rises 25 places to #22. Singer-songwriter Freya Ridings climbs 10 places midweek to #26 with “Lost Without You” (Good Soldier).

 

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