Motörhead On Track for U.K. Top 10 After Lemmy Kilmister's Death

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Lemmy Kilmister photographed on Nov. 7, 2010.

Following the death last week of Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, the rockers’ "Ace of Spades" (Castle Music) is cruising toward its first stint in the U.K. Top 10.

The veteran British heavy metal band’s signature tune has soared 103-9 on this week’s Official Singles Chart Update, and could reach a new peak on the Official Singles Chart when the survey is published this Friday. "Ace of Spades" peaked at No. 15 on the chart following its release in 1980 and last entered the Top 40 when it reached No. 23 as a reissue in September 1993. 

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Lemmy, the iconic gravel-voiced singer and bass player who had led Motörhead since its inception in 1975, died last Monday (Dec. 28) after a battle with cancer. He was 70.

Leading the U.K. singles chart at the halfway point is Justin Bieber’s "Love Yourself" (Def Jam), which has already clocked up four weeks at the summit. The Canadian pop star also holds the No. 2 position with "Sorry," Adele’s "Hello" (XL) is at No. 3, Bieber appears again at No. 4 with "What Do You Mean" and Grace ft. G-Eazy’s "You Don’t Own Me" (RCA) is at No. 5.

Other high-risers on the midweek chart include tracks by Shawn Mendes, 99 Souls, David Guetta (ft. Sia) and Major Lazer (ft. Nyla).

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Meanwhile, Adele’s 25 is out front in the race for the U.K. albums chart crown, though victory isn't a sure bet. The British singer’s third album has enjoyed six weeks at the top but it’s just 4,000 units ahead of the Elvis Presley orchestral set, If I Can Dream (RCA). The King’s album is apparently narrowing the gap. According to the Official Charts Company, 25 led If I Can Dream by 6,000 units last Friday. 

The top five on the Official Albums Chart Update is rounded out by Bieber’s Purpose at No. 3, Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh (Atlantic) at No. 4, and James Bay’s Chaos and the Calm (Republic) at No. 5.