Two tracks featuring Justin Bieber are battling it out for the U.K. singles chart crown, again.
"Cold Water" (Because Music), by U.S. electronic outfit Major Lazer featuring Bieber and MØ, is heading toward a fourth successive week atop the Official U.K. Singles Chart. It’s 3,000 combined sales ahead of the second-placed “Let Me Love You” (Interscope), by DJ Snake and Bieber, at the midway stage of the chart cycle.
Calum Scott’s “Dancing On My Own” (Instrumental) is at No. 3 on the Chart Update, The Chainsmokers’ Australian singles chart leader “Closer” (Disruptor) featuring Halsey is at No. 4, and the American EDM duo’s previous single "Don’t Let Me Down" featuring Daya is at No. 5.
The big movers at the midway point of the chart week include Olly Murs’ “You Don’t Know Love” (Epic), up 34-14; Tieks’ “Sunshine” (Ministry of Sound) featuring Dan Harkna, up 26-20; and Lil Wayne’s Suicide Squad soundtrack single “Sucker For Pain,” up 39-21 (Interscope).
The tussle at the top of the albums chart is tighter still. Jeff Lynne's ELO nudges into the lead with All Over The World - The Very Best Of (Epic) by a margin of just 230 combined sales over Blossoms’ self-titled EMI debut. Both albums have spent time at the summit of the Official U.K. Albums Chart.
Meanwhile, Drake's Views (Island) is at No. 3 on the Chart Update, Christine and the Queens' Chaleur Humaine (Because Music) is at No. 4 and Bob Marley & The Wailers' Legend (Tuff Gong) is at No. 5.
The strongest performing debut at the midway point comes from Canadian act PartyNextDoor, whose sophomore album PartyNextDoor 3 is positioned at No. 9, while Aussie metalcore act The Amity Affliction is aiming for a first U.K. top 40 with This Could Be Heartbreak (Roadrunner). It's new at No. 17, just ahead of The Pineapple Thief's LP Your Wilderness (Kscope), which starts at No. 18.
In other notable chart moves, award-winning composer John Williams is poised for a return to the top 40 after some of his classic scores were issued on limited-edition gold vinyl. Williams’ The Empire Strikes Back's soundtrack (Sony Classical) enters at No. 24 and Return of the Jedi starts at No. 39.
Michael Jackson's Number Ones (Epic) rises 46-26 in the month of the late King of Pop’s birthday.