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Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ Leads Tight Race for U.K. No. 1

Ariana Grande is battling it out with Richard Ashcroft in a tight race for the U.K. albums chart crown.

Ariana Grande is battling it out with Richard Ashcroft in a tight race for the U.K. albums chart crown. Grande’s third album Dangerous Woman (Republic) is at No. 1 on the midweek chart, just 100 sales ahead of Ashcroft’s These People (Righteous Phonographic), the former Verve frontman’s fifth studio album and his first solo collection since 2010’s United Nations Of Sound.

Grande has never tasted life at the summit of the Official U.K. Albums Chart. Her debut Yours Truly reached No. 7 in 2013 and its followup, My Everything, peaked at No. 3 in 2014. Grande’s new album should get a nudge along with the release overnight of the official clip for her latest single, “Into You”.

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Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s Lemonade (Columbia/Parkwood Ent) drops 2-3 on the Chart Update, Drake’s Views (Island) falls 1-4, and Bob Dylan starts at No. 5 with Fallen Angels (Columbia), his 37th studio album.

Eric Clapton’s 23rd studio album I Still Do (Polydor) is close behind at No. 6 on the midweek chart, while a remastered version of the David Bowie compilation Changesonebowie (Parlophone) begins at No. 11. 

The jostling for singles chart supremacy is just as heated with Drake’s “One Dance” (Cash Money/Republic Records) leading Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” (RCA) by just 614 chart sales at the halfway point.

“One Dance” last week locked-in a sixth week at No. 1, making it the longest stint at the summit for a single since Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”.

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The top 5 on the Chart Update is rounded out by Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For” (Columbia) at No. 3, Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” (Monkey Puzzle/RCA) at No. 4 and Galantis’ No Money” (Atlantic) at No. 5.

The new Official U.K. Charts will be published late Friday local time.

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