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Coldplay and Adele Battle it Out For U.K. Chart Crown

The festive season has a big chart battle looming.

Who is Britain’s favorite act, Adele or Coldplay? A heavyweight tussle for the crown will be decided when the Official U.K. Albums Chart is published this Friday. 

As it stands at the midweek point of the chart cycle, Coldplay’s new album A Head Full of Dreams (Parlophone) is leading Adele’s record-breaking 25 (XL) by a margin of just 2,000 copies, according to the Official Charts Company.

Coldplay’s seventh – and apparently final – album has registered sales so far of just under 160,000 (gold certification in the U.K. is 100,000 units, platinum is 300,000) and is No. 1 on the Top 100 Official Albums Chart Update.

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Should Adele’s third album finally be dethroned, she can take comfort in the fact she’s smashed a string of records in her homeland. The Nov. 20 release is in the history books for the biggest opening week (800,307 copies) and the fastest to a million sales (10 days).  

The Top 5 is mostly unchanged. Elvis Presley’s If I Can Dream (RCA/Legacy) is at No. 3, Justin Bieber’s Purpose (Def Jam) is at No. 4 and Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh (Atlantic) is at No. 5. New releases poised to make an impression inside the top 40 include Bette Midler’s A Gift Of Love (No. 25 via Rhino), Australian producer and artist Troye Sivan’s Blue Neighbourhood (No. 30 via Polydor), Canadian rock veterans Rush’s R40 – Live (at No. 31 via UMC) and Bruce Springsteen’s The Ties That Bind – River Collection (No. 33 via Columbia).

On the U.K. singles chart, meanwhile, Bieber faces a strong challenge from DJ/producer Sigala for the No. 1 spot. Sigala’s new Ministry of Sound release “Sweet Lovin’” (feat Bryn Christopher) soars 68-2 on the Official Chart Update, just behind Bieber’s current leader “Love Yourself.” Sigala’s earlier single “Easy Love” reached No. 1 in September.

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The top 5 on the Official Singles Chart Update is rounded out by Bieber’s “Sorry” at No. 3, Adele’s “Hello” at No. 4, and Grace ft. G-Eazy’s “You Don’t Own Me” (RCA) at No. 5. 

A swag of Christmas-themed songs are set to enter the Top 40. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” re-entered the chart at 59 last week and leaps to No. 14, The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl’s classic “Fairytale Of New York”(Warner Bros) jumps 78-19, Wham’s “Last Christmas” (RCA) improves 87-26, Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” (EMI) re-enters the chart at No. 38 and Shakin’ Stevens’ “Merry Christmas Everyone” re-enters at No. 43.