Justin Timberlake's 'Man of the Woods' Starts Strong on the Midweek U.K. Chart

Ryan McGinley
Justin Timberlake

Man of the moment Justin Timberlake is making his move on the U.K. albums chart.    

Following his Super Bowl halftime show, JT’s Man Of The Woods (RCA) is at No. 2 on the midweek chart and is set to enter this week’s survey as the highest new entry. Just one object blocks JT’s path to the chart crown. And it’s a seemingly immovable one in The Greatest Showman (Atlantic) soundtrack, which is on track for a fifth week at No. 1 with a lead of 5,000 combined sales, according to the Official Charts Company.    

Veteran Scottish alternative rock outfit Simple Minds starts at No. 3 on the Official Albums Chart Update with Walk Between Worlds (BMG), their 18th studio album. If Walk stays on track, it’ll become the band’s highest charting album in 23 years, since Good News From The Next World peaked at No. 2 in 1995. The Jim Kerr-fronted band hit the summit on five occasions in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Meanwhile, Bedford rock act Don Broco start at No. 4 on the midweek survey with Technology (Sharptone), their third set.

Also impacting the chart at the halfway stage is heavy metal act Saxon, who could snag a ninth top 40 album with Thunderbolt (Militia Guard Music). It’s new at No. 16, while a re-release of Roxy Music’s debut self-titled Virgin album release from 1972 is at No. 22, and a deluxe reissue of Nirvana’s classic album Nevermind (Geffen) reenters the chart at No. 24. 

On the midweek singles chart, Drake is surging to another chart title with “God’s Plan” (Cash Money/Republic Records), which has a 5,000 combined sales advantage over Rudimental‘s “These Days” (Asylum) featuring Jess Glynne and Macklemore, rising 11-2.

The week’s highest new entry could come from The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar’s “Pray For Me” (Interscope/Republic/XO), lifted from the album inspired by the Marvel superhero film Black Panther. It pounces in at No. 16.