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Kate Bush On Track for First U.K No. 1 Album In Almost 30 Years

Kate Bush: Before The Dawn live at The Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith in London on Aug. 26, 2014.
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Kate Bush: Before The Dawn live at The Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith in London on Aug. 26, 2014. 

Kate Bush is running up the hill that is the U.K. albums chart for what could be her first No. 1 in nearly 30 years.

The English singer’s Before The Dawn (Noble & Brite), a live collection featuring recordings from her 2014 Eventim Apollo London residency, is locked into the top spot on the Official Albums Chart Update. Dawn is roughly 5,000 combined sales ahead of Little Mix's second-placed Glory Days (Syco), which has slipped one spot since it bowed at No. 1 last Friday

Bush last spent time at the chart summit with her best-of The Whole Story, which hit No. 1 in January 1987.
The Whole Story is one of Bush’s three albums to reach No. 1. Never For Ever got to the top in 1980, and Hounds of Love did so again in 1985. She’s also the only female artist in chart history to score a top 3 album in each of the last five decades, according to the Official Charts Company. Bush released the video for the live recording “And Dream of Sheep” last week. 

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe’s Together (Decca) is at No. 3 and Elvis Presley’s The Wonder of You (Legacy/RCA) comes in at No. 4, just ahead of two new releases: The Weeknd’s Starboy (Republic/XO) at No. 5 and Andre Rieu & Johann Strauss Orchestra’s Falling In Love (Decca) at No. 6. 

British pop-punk band Busted's first studio album in 13 years, Night Driver, is heading for a top 10 debut; it’s currently at No. 8. Susan Boyle’s seventh album in seven years, A Wonderful World, is contending for a top 20 berth. The Scottish singing star’s new Syco LP comes in at No. 16 at the halfway mark of the chart cycle.

Metallica’s Hardwired…to Self-Destruct appears ready to do just that. The hard rock veterans’ new album has tumbled from No. 2 to No. 18 on the midweek chart. 

Meanwhile, Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye” (Atlantic) is on track for a fourth stint atop the Official U.K. Singles Chart. The recording, a collab with Anne-Marie and Sean Paul, is at No. 1 on the Official Singles Chart Update, ahead of Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane’s “Black Beatles” (Interscope).

All 18 songs from The Weeknd’s new album Starboy are pouring into the Chart Update Top 100, led by the title track, which is at No. 3.