Taylor Swift On Track For Another Week Atop U.K. Singles Chart
Nothing is certain in this life (except, well, death and taxes) though its a safe bet that Taylor Swift will rule the U.K. Singles Chart crown for a second week.
“Look What You Made Me Do” (EMI), the first track lifted from Swift’s forthcoming sixth album Reputation, has opened up a sizeable lead in the race to the chart title. It’s comfortably No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart Update with a 3,000-plus combined sales advantage over former chart leader “New Rules” (Warner Bros) from Dua Lipa.
Pink's “What About Us” (RCA), a chart-leader in Australia, is at No. 3 on the U.K. midweek chart while Justin Bieber and Bloodpop's “Friends” (Def Jam/Polydor/Republic) and James Hype's “More Than Friends” (Warner Bros) complete the top 5.
Not satisfied with a lock on the lead position, Swift should get a second bite of the chart with "…Ready For It?" Though her latest Reputation track only became available on Sunday, it flies in at No. 25 after a single day.
On the midweek albums chart, Irish pop-rock trio The Script races to the lead with their fifth studio album Freedom Child (Columbia). According to the Official Charts Company, Freedom Child is outperforming the second-placed album, LCD Soundsystem’s comeback set American Dream (Columbia/DFA Recordings), by a ratio of two copies to one.
British act (Orchestral Mavouevres in the Dark (OMD) open at No. 3 on the Chart Update with The Punishment of Luxury (100 Percent Records), for what could be their best performing album since 1991's Sailing On The Seven Seas (which peaked out at No. 3) while new releases from Mogwai, Jake Bugg, Newton Faulkner and Motorhead impact the midweek top 10.
The OCC publishes its flagship singles and albums surveys late Friday.