Barry Gibb’s dream project could yield his very first solo U.K. No. 1.
The living legend last week released Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers’ Songbook (Vol. 1), a collection of Bee Gees classics sung as duets with stars of country music, including Dolly Parton, Jason Isbell, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Olivia Newton-John.
According to the Official Charts Company, it’s the U.K.’s best-selling title at the midweek stage. Greenfields (via EMI) leads the Official Chart Update, ahead of Passenger’s 13th studio release Songs For The Drunk and Broken Hearted (Cooking Vinyl), and Taylor Swift’s Evermore (EMI), and is set to pass Gibb’s highest-charting album as a solo artist, a No. 2 for 2016’s In The Now.
The Bee Gees, who were inducted into the Rock Hall back in 1997, have ruled the U.K. albums chart just once, with 1979’s Spirits Having Flown, though the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which features several contributions from the vocal group, led the national chart for a whopping 18 weeks.
As fans remember David Bowie on what would have been his 74th birthday and the fifth anniversary of his passing, the iconic singer’s Legacy (Parlophone) collection vaults 31-10.
Also impacting the chart blast is Swedish post-punk group Viagra Boys, whose second studio album Welfare Jazz (Year0001) bows at No. 25, while Gold career retrospectives from British rockers Ian Hunter & Mott The Hoople (No. 18 via Crimson) and “Final Countdown” singers Europe (No. 34 also via Crimson) are eying Top 40 debuts.
Over on the Official Singles Chart Update, Olivia Rodrigo makes a big splash with her debut single “Drivers License” (Interscope). The High School Musical alum crashes the chart blast at No. 2, pushing Ed Sheeran’s “Afterglow” into third place.
The current leader, Little Mix’s “Sweet Melody” (RCA), remains on track for a second week at the summit.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday local time.