Elvis Presley’s The Wonder Of You (Legacy/RCA), the second collection of orchestral re-workings of the late legend’s hits with the Royal Philharmonic, is out front in the race for the U.K. chart crown.
The Wonder of You, the followup to last year’s chart-topping, million-shifting If I Can Dream, is No. 1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart Update, some 3,500 combined sales ahead of its nearest rival at the midway point in the chart cycle.
If Elvis stays on the throne at week’s end, he’ll make history for the most U.K. No. 1 albums for any solo artist (13). Presley current holds 12 career No. 1s in the market, equal with Madonna. The Beatles own the record for the most No. 1s on the national chart with 15.
Canadian crooner Michael Buble isn’t far behind on the Chart Update with his ninth studio set Nobody But Me (Reprise), which is at No. 2, while Lady Gaga’s Joanne (Interscope) is new at No. 3.
This week’s top ten features no less than seven new arrivals — sets from Status Quo, the Lazarus cast recording and Korn’s latest LP all feature — and a further five albums are poised to debut inside the top 20.
The race for the singles chart crown is Little Mix’ to lose. The pop group’s “Shout Out to My Ex” (Syco) is charging ahead at the midweek stage and should claim a second successive week at No. 1. “Shout Out to My Ex” is 21,000 combined sales ahead of the No. 2-ranked single on the Official Singles Chart Update, James Arthur’s former chart-leader “Say You Won’t Let Go” (Columbia).
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday.