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U.K. MIDWEEKS: BRUCE ON TOP

Bruce Springsteen currently heads the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Western Stars (Columbia) sitting 16k combined sales ahead of Madonna at the halfway stage. Over on singles, new entries from Little Mix and Taylor Swift shake up the Top 5.

Should Springsteen hold onto his lead by Friday, Western Stars will be his 11th #1 in the U.K. Madonna sits behind at #2 with Madame X (Polydor), which looks set to reach the same peak its predecessor, Rebel Heart, achieved in 2015.  British band Bastille start at #3 with their third album, Doom Days (Virgin EMI), while a 40th anniversary reissue of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures (Rhino) is also new at #5. 

On the U.K.'s Official Singles midweeks, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” (Atlantic) is heading toward a sixth week at #1 by a lead of 6.4k combined sales.

Little Mix start at #2 with new single “Bounce Back” (Syco), which samples “Back to Life” by Soul II Soul. However, the race to second place is a very tight battle with Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” (Virgin EMI), which currently sits just four combined sales behind at #3. 

“No Guidance” (RCA) by Chris Brown f/Drake climbs three places to #5, while Sigala & Becky Hill’s “Wish You Well” (Ministry of Sound) rises three to #12 and Mabel’s “Mad Love” (Polydor) does the same to #15.

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