Bruce Springsteen is bossing the U.K. chart race with Letter To You (Columbia).
The American legend opens up a big lead on the Official Chart Update, and is well on track for his 12th U.K. No. 1, the OCC reports.
Letter To You is the Hall of Famer’s 20th studio album and it marks Springsteen’s first reunion with the E Street Band since the River 2016 tour.
At the midweek point, it’s outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined, and is the most-purchased album (physical and download) and most-streamed new release so far this week.
Damon Albarn’s virtual group Gorillaz have the No. 2 album on the chart blast with Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez (Parlophone). Should it stay on course, Song Machine will be Gorillaz’ 6th Top 5 album.
Next up, at No. 3, is English rock band Nothing But Thieves with Moral Panic (RCA), which should become their third successive U.K. Top 10 album, while Blossoms’ lockdown covers collection In Isolation (EMI), recorded at the Plaza Theatre, starts at No. 4.
Completing an all-new Top 5 is Faithless’ All Blessed (BMG). It’s the veteran British electronic act’s first album of new material in 10 years, and first release since their 2015 Faithless 2.0 remix project, which went to No. 1 in the U.K.
Also aiming for the Top 10 are new sets from blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa (Royal Tea at No. 6 via Provogue), tenor Russell Watson (20 at No. 7 via BMG) and British folk rock vocalist This Is The Kit (Off Off On at No. 9 via Rough Trade).
Over in the U.K. singles chart race, Ariana Grande continues to push for her 7th No. 1 with “Positions” (Republic Records). It’s the leader on the Official U.K. Singles Chart Update, ahead of KSI’s new release “Really Love” (BMG) featuring and Craig David and Digital Farm, while last Friday’s chart king “Lemonade” (Tenthousand Projects) by Internet Money with Gunna and Toliver dips 1-3.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.