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AC/DC’s ‘Power Up’ Is Thundering to Big First-Week U.K. Sales

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Josh Cheuse

From left, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd, Angus Young, Brian Johnson and Stevie Young of AC/DC.

AC/DC is all charged-up for another U.K. chart title.

The Aussie rock legends lead the midweek albums chart with Power Up (Columbia), their first LP in six years.

At this stage, it’s no contest. AC/DC’s 17th album is outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined, and is on track to become the year’s fastest-selling album. With 47,000 chart sales, look for Power Up to eclipse the year’s best, set last week (54,905 combined sales) by compatriot Kylie Minogue’s Disco (BMG), which dips 1-4.

AC/DC already have three U.K. No. 1 albums. That figure that should lift to four when the Official U.K. Albums Chart is published late Friday (Nov. 20).

Reunited pop-rock outfit McFly spread their wings with Young Dumb Thrills (BMG), their first new album in a decade. It opens at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Chart Update, and is poised to be the band's sixth U.K. Top 10 title.

British pop artist Paloma Faith starts at No. 3 on the midweek tally with Infinite Things (RCA), her fifth studio album, while Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli could snag a 12th Top 10 album with Believe (Decca), at No. 4.

Another classical artist, Andre Rieu, is eyeing the Top 10. The Dutch conductor’s Jolly Holiday (Decca) is at No. 6, and could become his 11th U.K. Top 10 album.

English pop artist Sophie Ellis-Bextor is on track for her highest-charting album in six years with Songs from the Kitchen Disco (Cooking Vinyl), new at No. 7 on the midweek chart, while the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s reimagining of Johnny Cash works, Johnny Cash And The RPO (Legacy Recordings), is new at No. 9.

Meanwhile, there’s no change in the leadership position on the Official U.K. Singles Chart Update, as the all-star BBC Children In Need cover of Oasis’ “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” (Decca) stays on track for the crown.

The next highest debut is shaping to be Billie Eilish’s “Therefore I Am” (Interscope). It’s new at No. 3 on the sales blast.