Paul Weller’s ‘Fat Pop’ Is Cruising to U.K. No. 1

Paul Weller
Nicole Nodland

Paul Weller

The Modfather is shouting to the top.

Paul Weller’s Fat Pop (Polydor) is the leader on the U.K.’s midweek chart, with an advantage of almost 13,000 chart sales over his nearest competitor, the OCC reports.

Fat Pop is the former Jam and Style Council frontman’s 16th solo studio album. It’s the best-seller on CD and vinyl formats so far this week, and if it holds its momentum it’ll give Weller his sixth solo leader and second in less than 12 months, following 2020’s On Sunset.

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 effortDaddy’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.