Rihanna's 'Work' Battles Lukas Graham's '7 Years' For U.K. Chart Supremacy

Rihanna's "Work" music video featuring Drake, released in Feb. 2016.
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Rihanna's "Work" music video featuring Drake, released in Feb. 2016.

Rihanna has some work to do if she’s to snatch the U.K. singles chart crown later this week. The pop superstar’s latest “Work” (Roc Nation), featuring Drake, is trailing the current chart leader, Lukas Graham’s "7 Years" (Warner Bros), by 8,000 combined sales at the midweek point, though chart analysts at the Official Charts Company suggest Rihanna’s track is enjoying a boost after its performance at last week’s Brit Awards and the result is far from certain. 

Lukas Graham, the Danish soul-pop group, has owned the chart crown for three weeks. Coldplay is another act enjoying the post-Brits afterglow. The U.K. act’s collaboration with Beyonce, "Hymn For The Weekend," which Coldplay performed at the annual ceremony, rises 10-3 on the Official Singles Chart Update Top 100

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The midweek Top 5 is completed by Jonas Blue & Dakota’s "Fast Car" (Positiva), which slips 2-4; and Mike Posner’s "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" (Island), which climbs 11-5.

Other notable climbers include multiple Adele’s "When We Were Young" (XL), which is up 19-8 after the singer's big night at the Brits; and producer/DJ Riton’s collab with Kah-Lo, "Rinse & Repeat," which leaps 100-9.

While the battle for the best-selling single should go to the wire, the same can’t be said for the tussle over the albums chart crown. The 1975 is dominating at the halfway stage with I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (Dirty Hit/Polydor). which is shifting as many units as numbers 2 (Adele’s 25) and 3 (David Bowie’s Best of Bowie via Rhino) combined. Should it land at the summit, Sleep would be the British four-piece's second chart-topping album in the U.K.

On the Official Albums Chart Update Top 100Justin Bieber’s Purpose (Def Jam) is at No. 4 and Coldplay’s seventh -- and reportedly final -- album A Head Full of Dreams (Parlophone) is at No. 5.

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Among the notable new entries on the midweek chart is Anthrax's For All Kings (Nuclear Blast), which is poised to give the thrash metal veterans their first Top 10 (it’s at No. 10), and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s This Unruly Mess I’ve Made (Macklemore), which is at No. 11. The remastered Bowie At The Beeb (Parlophone) – first issued in 2000 – launches at No. 40 at the halfway stage of the chart cycle.

The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday local time. 


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