Lewis Capaldi looks set for a return to the chart throne in the U.K., but he’s facing some unpredictable challengers.
Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI) returns to No. 1 on the Official Chart Update, ahead of recordings by a metal band, a K-pop group, a veteran singer-songwriter and an electronica artist.
At the halfweek stage, Five Finger Death Punch enters at No. 2 with F8 (Better Noise) while BTS‘ Map of the Soul: 7 (Bighit Entertainment) dips 1-3, James Taylor’s American Standard (Fantasy) debuts at No. 4 and Caribou’s new LP Suddenly (City Slang) completes the top 5.
Five Finger Death Punch’s eighth studio set is on track to give the U.S. rockers their highest charting album ever in the U.K., beating the No. 6 peak for Got Your Six, from 2015.
According to the OCC, Taylor’s first album in more than four years, American Standard, has bagged the most CD sales so far this week and could become the folk legend’s fifth U.K. top 10.
Caribou, the chillout project of Canadian producer Daniel Snaith, is the best-seller on vinyl through the first three days of the chart cycle, and is on track to beat his previous best, a No. 8 for 2014’s Our Love.
U.S. hip-hip artist Lil Baby is eyeing his first U.K. top 10 with My Turn (Capitol), his sophomore set. It’s new a No. 7 on the midweek list.
Over on the singles chart, The Weeknd looks set for another week at No. 1. The Canadian R&B singer’s “Blinding Lights” (Republic Records) holds top spot on the Official Singles Chart Update, ahead of Lady Gaga’s comeback song “Stupid Love” (Interscope), which starts at No. 2.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published Friday, local time.