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Sam Fender’s ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ Is Cruising to U.K. Chart Title

Sam Fender's "Hypersonic Missiles" is right on target for the U.K. chart crown.

Sam Fender’s Hypersonic Missiles (Polydor) is right on target for the U.K. chart crown.

The 25-year-old Newcastle singer and songwriter, who won the Brits Critics’ Choice for 2019, an award previously won by Adele, Sam Smith and Florence + the Machine, takes a substantial lead on the Official U.K. Albums Chart Update with his debut LP.

Hypersonic Missiles is outselling the rest of the top 5 combined, according to the OCC, and is over 21,000 combined chart sales ahead of nearest rival, Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding (Republic Records), which dips 1-2.


Also on the midweek chart, Scottish artist Emeli Sande is eyeing a third top 10 album as Real Life (EMI) starts at No. 4, while Boston alternative rock legends Pixies are aiming for a sixth top 10, with Beneath the Eyrie (Infectious Music) opening at No. 5.

Meanwhile, The Lumineers could score a third top 10 with III (Decca), their third album which starts at No. 6, as metal vets Korn chase a fourth top 10 with The Nothing (Asylum), new at No. 7.

British singer and producer Charli XCX could earn a career-best when the Official U.K. Albums Chart is published this Friday. Her third release Charli (Asylum) starts at No. 10, well up from the No. 15 peak of her 2015 set Sucker.


There’s been some action at the point end of the Official Singles Chart Update, where Ed Sheeran and Stormzy’s “Take Me Back to London” (Asylum) takes top spot from “Don’t Call Me Angel” (Polydor/RCA/Republic Records), the Charlie’s Angels pop super-collaboration from Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey, which enjoyed the best start over the weekend.

Kygo’s cover of “Higher Love” (Columbia/Kygo) featuring the late Whitney Houston comes in at No. 3.