Tones And I, Dermot Kennedy Lead U.K. Midweek Charts

Tones and I
Courtesy of Elektra Records

Tones and I

Move over John, Paul, George and Ringo, an Irishman is heading for U.K. chart glory. 

Dermot Kennedy's debut album Without Fear (Island) is outpacing the Beatles’ Abbey Road (Apple Corps) in the race for the Official Albums Chart crown.

Abbey Road returned to the summit last week in its new 50th anniversary editions, in doing so breaking the band’s own record for the longest-ever span between runs at the summit.

Kennedy, a former busker, leads the midweek albums chart, with the Beatles’ classic album dropping to No. 2.

The Irishman’s single “Outnumbered” is also on track to crack this week’s Official Singles Chart Top 10, which is led again by another former busker, Australian Tones And I, whose global hit “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch) holds at No. 1. "Dance Monkey" this week broke the record for the longest-ever stint at No. 1 in Australia by a homegrown artist, at 10 weeks. 

Meanwhile, a slew of new entries enter the U.K. survey at the midweek stage, with The Darkness sixth album Easter Is Cancelled (Cooking Vinyl) at No. 3, veteran Scottish altrenative rock outfit Simple Minds at No. 4 with Live in the City of Angels (BMG) and U.S. singer-songwriter Summer Walker starting at No. 10 with Over It (Interscope).

Also, new sets from OMD, Wildhearts, Sherlocks, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Wilco are on course for top 20 berths.

On the midweek singles survey, Travis Scott has the highest new entry as "Highest In The Room" (Cactus Jack/Epic/Grand Hustle) starts at No. 2.

Finally, Dan & Shay’s "10000 Hours" (at No. 19 via Def Jam/Warner Records) featuring Justin Bieber; Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello and Cardi B’s "South Of The Border" (at No. 23 via Asylum) and Niall Horan’s “Nice To Meet Ya” (No. 38 via Capitol) are eyeing top 40 debuts.

The weekly Official U.K. Charts are published late Friday, local time.


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