Barbra Streisand Bound for Seventh U.K. No. 1 with 'Encore,' Britney Spears' 'Glory' in Runner-Up Position
Barbra Streisand should be in seventh heaven this weekend: the icon of the screen, stage and recording studio is on track to top the Official U.K. Albums Chart for the seventh time.
Streisand’s 35th studio album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (Columbia) pulled out in front at the midway point of the U.K. chart week. The LP, which includes renditions of songs from major Broadway shows, hit No. 1 on the Chart Update with a 6,000 combined sales advantage over its closest competitor, Britney Spears’ Glory (RCA), according to the Official Charts Company.
If Spears misses out on top spot, it’ll be her fifth collection to do so following Baby One More Time (1999), Oops! I Did It Again (2000), Greatest Hits - My Prerogative (2004) and Blackout (2007). Britney has cracked the U.K. top 10 on seven occasions, but surprisingly never landed a No. 1.
The top five at the halfway stage is completed by Frank Ocean’s Blonde (Boys Don’t Cry) at No. 3, Dolly Parton's Pure & Simple (RCA Nashville) at No. 4, and Rick Astley’s former chart-topper 50 (BMG) is surging to No. 5.
Hip-hop veterans De La Soul could have their first top 10 album in a quarter century with And The Anonymous Nobody (AOI), currently at No. 8. The trio's last entry to scale the top 10 was De La Soul Is Dead, which reached No. 7 back in 1991.
Meanwhile, The Chainsmokers and Halsey are edging closer to the U.K. singles chart summit. The collaborative track "Closer" (Disruptor), a No. 1 hit in the U.S. and Australia, is 1,900 combined sales ahead of the second-placed song on the U.K. Chart Update, DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber's "Let Me Love You" (Interscope).
The top 5 is rounded out by Major Lazer, Bieber and MØ's "Cold Water" (Because Music) at No. 3, Calum Scott's "Dancing On My Own" (Instrumental) at No. 4 and Twenty One Pilots' "Heathens" (Atlantic) at No. 5.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.