Pet Shop Boys are shopping for a rare U.K. No. 1.
The electro-pop duo is on track for their first U.K. 1 album for more than 26 years with Hotspot (X2), which leads the midweek sales chart.
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe’s 14th studio album takes top spot on the Official Chart Update, with an advantage of 3,000 chart sales over the second-placed album, London rapper J Hus’s sophomore set Big Conspiracy (Black Butter), according to the Official Charts Company.
The Pet Shop Boys have four No. 1 singles to their name but just one albums crown, with October 1993’s Very. All 13 of their previous studio sets have impacted the U.K. top 10.
Meanwhile, masked hip-hopper M Huncho could score a first top 10 with his latest mixtape Huncholini The 1st (Island), which bows at No. 5 on the midweeks, while Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic are on track for a top 10 debut with their fifth studio album Power (at No. 7 via Virgin).
Also, English rock ‘n’ roll band The Dave Clark Five could make their first visit to the top 10 in 41 years with their career retrospective All The Hits (BMG). It’s at No. 8 on the midweek chart.
Over on the midweek singles chart, Lewis Capaldi’s “Before You Go” (EMI) has the edge over The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” (Republic Records) and Eminem’s “Godzilla” (Interscope) featuring the late Juice WRLD.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday local time.