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Little Mix Leads Metallica, Bruno Mars in Race for U.K. Albums Chart Title

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Mark Hunter 

Little Mix

New releases from Little Mix, Metallica and Bruno Mars are locked in battle for the U.K. albums chart crown. 

At the midweek stage, Little Mix’ fourth LP Glory Days (Syco Music) has the lead over Metallica’s 10th studio set Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened/Vertigo), the followup to the metal legends’ chart-topping 2008 set Death Magnetic.

Glory Days includes "Shout Out To My Ex," the girl group’s fourth No. 1 on the Official Singles Chart. 

Bruno Mars is in third place on the Official Albums Chart Update with 24K Magic (Atlantic), the American singer’s third and most recent album since 2012’s No. 1 Unorthodox Jukebox.

The top five is completed by Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s Together (Decca) and Elvis Presley’s The Wonder of You (Legacy/RCA), respectively. 

UB40’s first Unplugged (UMC) album featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue is the only other top 20 debut on the midweek chart. Unplugged starts at No. 16.

Meanwhile, Clean Bandit looks to be running away with a third U.K singles chart crown with “Rockabye” (Atlantic), featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie. It’s 7,000 combined chart sales ahead of Rae Sremmurd’s second-placed “Black Beatles” (Interscope) on the Chart Update, according to the Official Charts Company. Though it’s anything but a certain result as “Black Beatles” is surging due to its use in many “mannequin challenge” videos.

The top five is rounded out by Little Mix’ “Shout Out to My Ex”, James Arthur’s hit “Say You Won’t Let Go” (Columbia) and Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” (Atlantic). 

Meanwhile, Maroon 5's collab with Kendrick Lamar, “Don't Wanna Know,” is on course for a new high of No. 6; Craig David's Children in Need single “All We Needed” opens at No. 14 and the Weeknd two new releases are impacting the midweek chart: the Canadian singer’s Daft Punk collab “I Feel It Coming” arrives at No. 20, (via Republic Records/XO) and "Party Monster" starts at No. 36.