Little Mix, James Arthur Racing to U.K. Chart Summits

Mark Hunter
Little Mix

Little Mix is in with a shout for a third week atop the U.K. singles chart while former X Factor winner James Arthur is on track for his first albums chart crown.

Little Mix’ “Shout Out To My Ex” (Syco), the lead single from the girl group’s upcoming album Glory Days, is holding onto No. 1 on the midweek chart. Its nearest rival is James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go” (Columbia), currently No. 2 on the Official Singles Chart Update, while Clean Bandit’s "Rockabye" (No. 3 via Atlantic); The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk’s “Starboy” (No. 4 via Republic/XO); and The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey’s “Closer” (No. 5 via Disruptor) lock-up strong positions. 

Hitmaker Bruno Mars’ "24K Magic" is surging up the chart (No. 6 via Atlantic) while Drake’s "Fake Love” (Cash Money/Republic Records) has the fastest start for a new release, opening at No. 9 at the midweek point. 

A pair of spooky songs are creeping into the chart as the U.K. got into the Halloween spirit. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (Epic) re-enters the midweek list at No. 42, a 165% spike in sales from last week, according to the Official Charts Company, while Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters” (Arista) theme is at No. 77, a 107% gain from last week.

The race to the albums chart summit has a clear leader in James Arthur, whose sophomore set Back from the Edge is 6,000 combined sales ahead of the Courteeners No. 2 ranked LP, Mapping The Rendezvous (Ignition).

James will hope his Edge goes one better than his debut, eponymously-titled album which peaked at No. 2 in 2013. The singer already has a chart crown from 2016; his track “Say You Won't Let Go” ruled the singles chart for three weeks.

The top five on the Official Albums Chart Update is completed by Elvis Presley’s record-busting Wonder of You (Legacy/RCA) at No. 3; MadnessCan't Touch Us Now (UMC), new at No. 4; and Michael Buble’s Nobody But Me (Reprise) at No. 5. 

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