Rag’n’Bone Man has his eyes fixed firmly on the U.K. chart prize.
The British bluesman (real name Rory Graham) surges into the lead at the halfway stage in the chart race with Life By Misadventure (Columbia), which has already sold almost 30,000 units and is outselling the rest of the Top 5 combined, the OCC reports.
If it keeps its momentum, the singer and songwriter will have his second consecutive No. 1, following his 2017 debut Human.
It’s hard to see anyone but Rag’n’Bone Man claiming the title. He’ll enjoy a boost Tuesday night (May 11) when he appears at the 2021 Brit Awards to perform “Anywhere Away From Here,” his collaboration with Pink. “Anywhere” is blasting to the U.K. Top 20 of the national singles chart this week and should be the frame’s highest climber.
Life By Misadventure leads an all-new Top 5 on the Official Chart Update. Indeed, it’s a Top 10 stacked with new releases, eight in total.
Michael Ball rolls in at No. 2 with his 27th album We Are More Than One (Decca), while YouTuber and recording artist Dodie is chasing her highest chart position with Build A Problem (Doddleoddle), new at No. 3
Brighton post-punk group Squid are closing in on a Top 5 debut with Bright Green Field (Warp), new at No. 4 on the midweek chart, while veteran Northern Irish artist Van Morrison rounds out the Top 5 with Latest Record Project, Volume 1 (BMG). If it holds its ground, Latest Record Project will give Morrison a 16th Top 10.
Meanwhile, New Order are homing in on an 11th Top 10 with their live album Education Entertainment Recreation (No. 7 via Rhino), while late British icon Amy Winehouse could score a sixth Top 10 with the collection Amy at the BBC (Island), new at No. 9.
U.S. rockers Weezer complete the Top 10 on the midweek chart with Van Weezer (Atlantic), their ode to the late Eddie Van Halen. Remarkably, Weezer have previously landed 12 albums on the U.K. albums chart, but none have cracked the Top 10.
Over on the midweek singles chart, Tion Wayne and Russ Millions’ “Body” (Atlantic) is on course for a second straight week at the summit, while Coldplay is on track for the hottest new release with “Higher Power” (Parlophone). It’s new at No. 8 on the chart blast.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.