Paloma Faith's 'The Architect' Blasts Past Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' On Midweek U.K. Chart

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Paloma Faith is seen attending AALTO during Paris Fashion Week wearing AALTO, vintage on Sept. 27, 2017 in Paris, France. 

Taylor Swift’s reign over the U.K. albums chart could come to a swift end as Paloma Faith takes the lead on the midweek survey. 

With first-week sales of 84,000, Swift last week scored her third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album with Reputation, though the LP takes a sharp dive to No. 7 on the Official U.K. Chart Update as a trio of new releases set up a roadblock at the chart summit, led by Faith’s The Architect.

Faith could draw down her first No. 1 with The Architect (RCA), her fourth studio set, which has an advantage of 4,000 combined chart sales over its nearest rival, Morrissey's Low In High School (BMG) at No. 2 (Faith’s previous two albums, A Perfect Contradiction and Fall To Grace, both peaked at No. 2).

Coming in at No. 3 on midweek data is Our Generation, the debut effort from Britain's Got Talent champ Tokio Myers (Syco Music), while Sam Smith’s former chart leader The Thrill Of It All (Capitol) slips 2-4 and Jeff Lynn’s ELO opens at No. 5 with the live recording Wembley or Bust (RCA).

Thirteen new entries crack the midweek top including recordings from Iron Maiden, Tom Chaplin, Leading Ladies and Siaplus retrospective releases from Green Day, Madness and Phil Collins

After three weeks ruling the Official U.K. Singles Chart, Camila Cabello's "Havana" (Epic/Syco) edges Rita Ora's “Anywhere” (Atlantic) at the halfway point. Just  2,000 streaming equivalent sales and downloads separate the two tracks, according to the Official Charts Company.


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