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The Weeknd Chasing First U.K. No. 1 with ‘Blinding Lights’

The Weeknd is on track for his first U.K. No. 1.

The Weeknd is on track for his first U.K. No. 1 single.

The Canadian R&B singer’s “Blinding Lights” (Republic Records) snags top spot on the Official Chart Update, and is poised to vanquish Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” (Atlantic) and last week’s chart-leader, Lewis Capaldi’s “Before You Go” (EMI).

“Blinding Lights” is entering a second week at No. 1 in Australia, where it knocked off Tones And I’s giant hit “Dance Monkey.” In the U.K., The Weeknd has never fared better than a No. 2 peak, which he managed with 2016’s “Starboy.”

Homegrown pop artist Dua Lipa should have the week’s highest new entry with “Physical” (Warner), which sits at No. 12 on the midweek chart, while her previous single “Don’t Start Now” is at No. 4.


The race to the U.K. albums chart crown, meanwhile, is being led by Blossoms Foolish Loving Spaces (EMI), the English band’s third studio album. 

According to the Official Charts Company, Foolish Loving Spaces has the most CD and vinyl sales in the week so far, and it races ahead on the Official Chart Update with an 8,000 chart sales advantage over the second placed set, Louis Tomlinson’s debut solo LP Walls (Syco Music).

Blossoms’ self-titled debut topped the weekly chart in August 2016, while their sophomore set Cool Like You peaked at No. 4 in May 2018.

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