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Lewis Capaldi and Stormzy Battle For U.K. Chart Crowns

Two of Britain’s leading men are duking it out for the U.K.’s chart titles. 

Lewis Capaldi, the Scottish “Someone You Loved” singer, takes the lead at the midweek stage with Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI), his debut album. 

Divinely Uninspired returned to No. 1 last week for the first time since last July, and sits atop the Official Albums Chart Update. Though it’s facing a fight from Stormzy’s sophomore album Heavy Is The Head, which is just 400 combined sales behind in second place. 

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The London rapper’s sophomore album leads on downloads and streaming, while Divinely Uninspired has the advantage on CD sales, according to the Official Charts Company, which notes “it’s going to be a close fought contest for No. 1.”

Over on the midweek singles chart, it’s the same pair going at it with Stormzy’s “Own It” featuring Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy taking the lead over Capaldi’s “Before You Go.”

The highest new entry on the midweek albums chart belongs to Gene Pitney, whose hits set Gold (Crimson) arrives at No. 17 in what could mark his first chart entry since 2001.

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The late American-born singer and songwriter has 21 top 40 albums to his name, the most recent came almost two decades ago when The Ultimate Collection (Sequel) hit No. 40, in 2001.

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