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Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’ Leads U.K. Chart Race

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Lil Nas X attends 2021 Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York.

Lil Nas X is on the road to a U.K. albums chart title.

The U.S. rap sensation’s debut Montero (Columbia) leads the midweek U.K. chart, and is the most downloaded and streamed album in the first half of the cycle, the OCC reports.

It’s far from a done deal.

At the halfway stage, just 400 combined sales separate Montero from the No. 2-placed album, Bob Dylan’s Springtime in New York – Bootleg 16 (Sony Music CG), the market leader on physical sales. Springtime is on pace to be the legendary singer and songwriter’s 41st U.K. Top 10 album.

Meanwhile, Drake’s former leader Certified Lover Boy (OVO/Republic Records) is at No. 3, while prog-rock titans Genesis bow at No. 4 with the career-retrospective The Last Domino (UMC/Virgin), which could give the British band their first Top 10 album in seven years.

According to the OCC, just 2,500 combined sales separate Montero and the fifth-placed album Green With Envy (Atlantic), the debut from British rapper Tion Wayne.

Also chasing top tier debuts are titles from Spiritbox (Eternal Blue at No. 8 via Rise Records), Lindsey Buckingham (self-titled at No .10 via Rhino) and M1llionz (Provisional Licence at No. 11 via Tenpercent Millionz), while K-pop boyband NCT 127 could stick their first U.K. Top 40 appearance with Sticker (Virgin Music). It’s at No. 19 on the chart blast.

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