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Will Eminem Extend His Record-Setting U.K. Chart Streak?

The Detroit hip-hop superstar's 11th studio album bows at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Chart Update, just 2,000 chart sales behind the leader.

Shady’s back, and he’s chasing another No. 1 in the U.K.   

Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By (Interscope) surprised everyone when it arrived last Friday on digital music services. The Detroit hip-hop superstar’s 11th studio album bows at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Chart Update, just 2,000 chart sales behind the leader, The Courteeners More. Again. Forever (Ignition).

Eminem isn’t just the Rap God. He’s a chart god in the U.K., where he has blasted ten consecutive albums to No. 1, most recently with 2018’s Kamikaze. It’s a streak no one else can beat.

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The Courteeners have never hit the summit, though the Middleton guitar band’s six previous albums all impacted the top 10. 

London indie outfit Bombay Bicycle Club make a strong return after six-years on the sidelines. Their fifth studio effort Everything Else Has Gone Wrong (MMM) starts at No. 3 on the midweek chart. 

Meanwhile, U.S. pop artist Halsey sees her third LP Manic (Capitol) start at No. 5, homegrown pop singer Louise’s comeback album Heavy Love (Louise) — her first in 20 years — is at No. 7, and Mac Miller’s posthumous album release Circles (Parlophone) starts at No. 9. 

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Over to the U.K. singles chart race, Stormzy’sOwn It” (Atlantic/Merky) featuring Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy has the edge. It’s No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart Update, but it has a monster close behind it in “Godzilla,” the Eminem release featuring the late Juice WRLD

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