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Celeste, Olivia Rodrigo On Track For U.K. Chart Crowns

Celeste, the hotly-tipped British soul singer, is just days away from converting the hype into silverware.

Celeste, the hotly-tipped British soul singer, is just days away from converting the hype into silverware.

The BBC Music’s Sound of 2020 poll winner and recipient of BBC Music Introducing’s Artist of the Year for 2019 opens-up a sizeable advantage in the U.K. chart race with Not Your Muse (Polydor), her debut album.

Not Your Muse is the best-seller on the Official Chart Update, racking up a lead of 8,000 chart sales over its nearest rival, Steven Wilson’s The Future Bites (SW Records), the OCC reports.

Celeste’s LP outsells all other titles in physical and digital formats this past weekend, and if it holds its edge, Celeste will become the latest in a growing membership of BRITs Rising Star (previously BRITs Critics’ Choice) recipients to have No. 1 debut albums, a list that includes Adele, Ellie Goulding, Sam Fender and Rag’n’Bone Man.

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Not Your Muse leads an all-new Top Four at the midweek point, ahead of The Future Bites, Arlo Parks’ Collapsed In Sunbeams (Transgressive) and Fredo’s Money Can’t Buy Happiness (Since 93), respectively, while Harry Styles Fine Line (Columbia) lifts 6-5.

Also, new releases from Chip (Snakes & Ladders via Cash Motto at No. 6) and Goat Girl (On All Fours via Rough Trade at No. 7) are targeting Top 10 berths.

Over in the U.K. singles chart race, Olivia Rodrigo stays out in front with “Drivers License” (Interscope), ahead of Fredo’s “Money Talks” (Dave Neighbourhood/Since 93) featuring Dave, new at No. 2. “Drivers License” is motoring to a fourth consecutive chart title.

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