Ellie Goulding’s 'Brightest Blue' Races to Lead on Midweek U.K. Chart

Ellie Goulding
Louie Banks

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding is aiming for a bright start on the U.K. albums chart.

The British singer and songwriter’s latest LP Brightest Blue (Polydor) steams ahead to lead the Official U.K. Chart Update, boasting an advantage of almost 3,000 combined sales at the midweek stage, the OCC reports.

It’s the best-seller in the country on CD and downloads over the past three days.

Should Brightest Blue hold its position, it’ll be Goulding’s third U.K. No. 1 following her 2010 debut Lights and 2012’s Halcyon. The pop artist’s most recent album, 2015’s Delirium, peaked at No. 3.

Coming in at No. 2 on the midweek chart is Bob Dylan’s 39th studio album Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia), which spikes 24-2 following its release on vinyl.

Last month, the songwriting genius became the oldest male (at 79) to claim a U.K. No. 1 following its release on CD and digital formats.

Joy Division’s classic final album Closer (London) rockets to No. 3, thanks to its 40th anniversary reissue treatment, while veteran country trio The Chicks (formerly Dixie Chicks) return to the top tier with Gaslighter (Columbia), their first album release in 14 years. It’s at No. 4 and is on target to be their highest-charting album.

The top 5 this week is completed by neo-soul singer Lianne La Havas with her self-titled third album, via Warner Records.

Also new to the top 10 on the midweek tally are albums by Lancaster rockers Massive Wagons (House of Pain at No. 7 via Earache), Jarvis Cocker’s JARV IS project (Beyond the Pale at No. 8 via Rough Trade), and Westlife and Boyzone members Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy (Strings Attached by Boyzlife at No. 9 via Last Man Music).

Over on the Official Singles Chart Update, Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” (RCA) holds the advantage, with Joel Corry and MNEK’s “Head & Heart” (Asylum/Perfect Havoc) blasting 5-2.

The highest debut belong to DJ Khaled, who is poised to land two new tracks in the top 10 as his Drake-assisted tunes “Popstar” (Black Butter/OVO/Republic) and “Greece” open at No. 8 and No. 10, respectively.

There’s some notable action taking place a little further down the chart as Kygo’s remix of Tina Turner’s 1984 comeback hit “What’s Love Got To Do With It” (Kygo) starts at No. 26, and is all set give the U.S. soul legend her first U.K. top 40 in 16 years.

According to the OCC, “What’s Love” accumulates 375,000 streams and the third most downloads for all singles across this past weekend.

Turner has 34 top 40 hits in the U.K., her last with “Open Arms” from November 2004.

The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday.

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