Take That's 'Odyssey' Is Racing to U.K. Chart Title

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Take That perform on The Graham Norton Show at The London Studios on April 6, 2017.

It’ll take something special to spoil Take That’s 30th birthday party. The veteran British pop outfit is celebrating their milestone anniversary by dominating the midweek U.K. albums chart with Odyssey, which is outselling the rest of the top 5 combined. 

Odyssey (Polydor/Sony Music CG), a reimagined collection of the group’s greatest hits, has accumulated 89,400 combined sales, and is already the year’s fastest-selling artist album, according to the Official Charts Company (the year’s best start belongs to NOW 100, which shifted 176,600 units in its first seven days).

If Odyssey holds onto its lead when the Official U.K. Albums Chart is published this Friday, it will be the reunited former boy band’s eighth chart leader in their homeland.  

Take That -- now comprising Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen -- are no strangers to red-hot starts and smashing chart records.

In 2010, the group’s sixth album Progress, which featured the return of Robbie Williamsraced past the half-million threshold for the biggest opening week by any album in the market for 13 years, according to the Official Charts Company. Also, their 2008 set The Circus enjoyed a flying first week, moving 432,000 units. 

Meanwhile, Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” (Republic) is on track for a fourth week atop the Official U.K. Singles Chart. It’s raced ahead of Little Mix & Nicki Minaj’s “Woman Like Me” (Syco) and Jess Glynne’s “Thursday” (Atlantic) to lead the Official U.K. Chart Update.