Sheeran’s third album has a lead of just 650 combined sales over Harris’ collab-fueled fifth album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (Columbia), which dropped last Friday and leads the way on downloads, according to the Official Charts Company.
Just behind Harris on the Official Albums Chart Update are Stone Sour, whose Hydrograd (Roadrunner) starts at No. 3 for what would be the U.S. rockers’ highest chart position and their second top 10 after Audio Secrecy, which peaked at No. 6 in 2010.
The top five is completed by a pair of former chart-toppers in Rag'n'Bone Man’s Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia) and Royal Blood’s How Did We Get So Dark (Warner Bros), respectively, while
Barry Gibb looks set to benefit from his “legends slot” appearance at Glastonbury Festival with a huge gain for the Bee Gees’ Timeless hits LP (Capitol/UMC), which sits at a new peak of No. 6 on midweek data.
Also new this week is TLC’s self-titled set via Cooking Vinyl, which bows at No. 21 while The Beach Boys' compilation 1967 - Sunshine Tomorrow (UMC) and Peter Perrett’s How The West Was Won (Domino) enjoy starts inside the top 30.
On the Official Singles Chart Update, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's “Despacito” (Def Jam/RBMG/Republic/UMLE), featuring Justin Bieber, holds down top spot and is poised for an eighth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Official Singles Chart.
Close behind is DJ Khaled and Rihanna's “Wild Thoughts” (Black Butter/We The Best) at No. 2 and Jonas Blue's “Mama” featuring William Singe at No. 3, while French Montana's “Unforgettable” (Bad Boy/Epic) featuring Swae Lee and Rita Ora's “Your Song” (Atlantic) complete the top 5.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published every Friday.