Coming in at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart Update is J. Cole’s The Off-Season (Interscope). The U.S. rapper has the most-streamed album in the first half of the week, and it’s on target to become his third Top 10 entry. Cole’s peak U.K. position in his career to date is a No. 2 for 2018’s KOD.
The current leader on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, Rag’n’Bone Man’s Life By Misadventure (Columbia), dips 3-1 but still manages to lead the market in downloads.
Also new to the midweek chart is St. Vincent’s sixth and latest effort, Daddy’s Home (Loma Vista). It’s new at No. 4 and is on track to give the Grammy Award-winning alternative pop artist her best-ever chart position in the U.K.
Completing the Top 5 at the midweek stage is the Black Keys’ covers album Delta Kream (Nonesuch), while new albums from Myles Kennedy (The Ides of March at No. 7 via Napalm), Matt Berry (The Blue Elephant at No. 11 via Acid Jazz), Nicki Minaj’s re-release of Beam Me Up Scotty (at No. 13 via Cash Money/Republic Recordings), Jorja Smith (Be Right Back at No. 14 via Famm), and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Déjà Vu at No. 20 via Atlantic) are eyeing Top 20 bows.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday local time.