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U.K. MIDWEEKS: A GRANDE ENTRANCE

Ariana Grande is heading for her third #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with thank u, next (Island) outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined at midweek stage. Meanwhile, “7 Rings” and “Break Up With Your Girlfriend” are competing for the top singles spot.

Two more new album are set for a Top 5 debut this week: AJ Tracey with his self-titled and self-released debut at #3, which ADA distributes, and Ward Thomas with third album Restless Minds (Sony Music CG) at #4.

Further down, Mercury Rev’s tribute to Bobbie Gentry, Delta Sweete (Bella Union), starts at #15, and AGrande’s Sweetener has rebounded eight places to #18.

On the Official Singles Chart, “7 Rings” is still #1 but by a tiny margin of 41 combined sales, as “Break Up With Your Girlfriend” starts high at #2. "Needy" is the third track from Ariana’s thank u, next in the Top 10 at #6.

Calvin Harris on track to claim a 19th Top 3 single with “Giant” (Columbia) f/Rag’n’Bone Man at #3, and Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” (Virgin EMI) is poised for a new peak of #5.

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