It’ll take something special in the home straight for Kings of Leon to be denied. Their eighth studio album is outperforming the rest of the Top 5 combined.
All five of the Followills’ previous studio albums hit No. 1 in the U.K.: Because of the Times (2007); Only By The Night (2008); Come Around Sundown (2010); Mechanical Bull (2013); and Walls (2016).
Meanwhile, Japan are eyeing a career-best U.K. chart position with Quiet Life. The deluxe reissue of the new wave outfit’s third album from 1979 is at No. 3, well ahead of its No. 53 peak.
Also jostling for Top 10 bows are Australian Britpop revivalists' DMA’s' Live in Brixton collection (No. 4); Scottish rockers Mason Hill’s debut Against The Wall (No. 6); English singer-songwriter Jane Weaver’s Flock (No. 8); Scottish indie rockers Arab Strap’s comeback album As Days Get Dark (No. 9); and Swedish pop artist Zara Larsson’s Poster Girl (No. 10).
The U.K. singles chart crown is anything but a done deal, as Nathan Evans’ sea shanty “Wellerman” slots into top spot on the midweek survey. Olivia Rodrigo’s longtime leader “Drivers License” is shunted 1-2 while Drake has two new arrivals from his Scary Hours 2 EP, as “What’s Next” and “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” start at No. 3 and 4, respectively.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.