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James Leading Adele in Race For U.K. Albums Chart Crown

Adele the O2 Arena 2016
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Adele performs on stage at the O2 Arena on March 15, 2016 in London. 

You might want to sit down for this: James is on the verge of knocking Adele from the summit of the U.K. albums chart for what would be the British rock group’s first No. 1 in nearly two decades. 

James, which enjoyed hits with “Sit Down” and “Laid” in the early 1990s, is on top at the midway stage of the chart week with Girl At The End Of The World (BMG), the group’s 14th studio album. Girl is No. 1 on the Official Top 100 Albums Chart Update, some 2,000 combined sales ahead of the second-placed album, Adele’s 25 (XL).

Adele Has Passed Madonna's U.K. Chart Record

If James can hang on until the Official U.K. Albums Chart is published late Friday local time, it’ll be just the band’s second No. 1 following 1998's The Best Of – James.

James should get a bump after frontman Tim Booth revealed on Monday the Manchester band will open this year’s Glastonbury Festival on June 24 (Adele is a headliner at this year's fest) 

Meanwhile, Iggy Pop's 17th studio album Post Pop Depression (Caroline/IGHO) opens at No. 3 on the midweek chart, Underworld's comeback album Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future (Caroline/Smith Hyde), bows at No. 4 and Justin Bieber's Purpose (Def Jam) is at No. 5.

Scottish alternative rockers Primal Scream are eyeing a top 10 entry with their 11th album, Chaosmosis (First International)it’s currently at No. 6. Another artist making a high profile comeback is Gwen Stefani, whose third solo album and first in a decade, This Is What The Truth Feels Like (Interscope), is at No. 11 on the midweek survey.

Mike Posner Tops U.K. Singles Chart With 'I Took a Pill in Ibiza'

The race for the singles chart crown is shaping as a close contest, with Sigala’s "Say You Do" (Ministry of Sound) nudging ahead of Mike Posner’s "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" (Island) by just 568 combined sales. The top five on the Official Top 100 Singles Chart Update is completed by Lukas Graham’s "7 Years" (Warner Bros), which is at No. 3; Zara Larsson’s "Lush Life" (Epic/Record Company Ten) at No. 4 and Fifth Harmony’s "Work From Home" (Epic/Syco) at No. 5.


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