Kings of Leon will have a fifth U.K. No. 1 if WALLS (RCA) stands tall at week’s end.
The Grammy-winning American rock group’s latest and seventh studio album is well ahead in the race for the new No. 1.
WALLS (which is shorthand for We Are Like Love Songs) leads an Official Albums Chart Update loaded with new releases and is almost 22,000 combined sales of the No. 2-ranked The Wave (Island), the debut set from Keane’s frontman Tom Chaplin, at the midweek stage of the chart cycle.
Kings of Leon has already enjoyed life at the summit of the Official U.K. Albums Chart on four occasions, with Because Of The Times (2007), Only By The Night (2008), Come Around Sundown (2010), and Mechanical Bull (2013), the group’s most recent LP.
Meanwhile, the reissue of Oasis‘ 1997 sales juggernaut Be Here Now (Big Brother) is at No. 3 on the midweek chart, returning Hall of Famer Phil Collins‘ hits set The Singles (RCA) opens at No. 4, and Two Door Cinema Club’s third set Gameshow (Parlophone) is at No. 5 while new releases by Blackberry Smoke, Rebecca Ferguson and Katie Melua are on track for top-10 berths.
On the Official Singles Chart Update, James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go” (Columbia) does what its title suggest by holding down top spot. If Arthur’s hit hangs on until Friday, it’ll log its fourth week at the top.
Arthur, winner of the ninth series of the U.K.’s X Factor in 2012, led the chart for three weeks with his first release, “Impossible” from 2012.
The Chainsmokers ft Halsey’s “Closer” (Disruptor) is close behind at No. 2; the Weeknd and Daft Punk’s “Starboy” (Republic/XO) is at No. 3. Hailee Steinfeld and Grey’s collaboration with Zedd, “Starving” (Republic), is at No. 4 and Calvin Harris’ “My Way” (Columbia) rounds out the top 5.