The Brits can’t get Kylie out of their head. After revving-up Glastonbury Festival on Sunday with a long-overdue Pyramid Stage performance, Kylie Minogue is chasing down another chart title.
The Aussie pop star’s new hits set Step Back In Time – The Definitive Collection (BMG/Rhino) has taken a considerable lead in the chart race, outselling its nearest competitor, Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI), by a radio of more than 2:1 at the midweek stage, according to the Official Charts Company.
Step Back In Time, which features all seven of Minogue’s U.K. chart-topping singles plus 23 of her top 10 hits, is No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart Update. If it holds its position when the weekly chart is published Friday, the former Neighbors star will have a seventh chart leader in her adopted country.
The pop singer was originally meant to play Glastonbury in 2005 but was forced to cancel as she underwent treatment for breast cancer. Her crowd-pleasing set on the weekend, which featured cameos from Chris Martin and Nick Cave, pulled a massive TV audience as 3 million viewers tuned into the primetime slot on BBC One, more than double the next best, fellow Pyramid Stage performers The Killers, whose Saturday performance drew 1.4 million viewers on BBC Two.
The Killers should benefit from the exposure. Their compilation Direct Hits (Vertigo) leaps to No. 8 with a week-on-week combined sales spike of 375%, according to the OCC, while their 2004 debut Hot Fuss could return to the top 100 for the first time since July 2017. It’s currently at No. 43, up 357%.
Glastonbury’s Friday night headliner Stormzy also enjoys a boost, as his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer (Merky) vaults 59 places to No. 14, a gain of 314% from the previous week. Also, The Cure ready for a return to the top 40 after their own headline appearance, on Sunday night. The iconic British band’s Greatest Hits (Fiction) is currently at No. 45, up 137%.
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran dominates the singles chart sales flash, with three tracks in the top 5. Sheeran’s collaboration with Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care” (Asylum/Def Jam), is at No. 1, his “Beautiful People” (Asylum/Columbia) team-up with Khalid is new at No. 3 and “Cross Me” (Asylum), with assists from Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock, is at No. 4.