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The Who Eyeing First U.K. No. 1 Album In Nearly 50 Years

The Who are on track for their first U.K. No. 1 album in almost a half century with "WHO" (Polydor), which leads the midweek chart.

You better you better you bet The Who could go to No. 1. 

The Rock And Roll Hall of Famers are on track for their first U.K. No. 1 album in almost a half century with WHO (Polydor), which leads the midweek chart. 

The British band’s first set of new material since 2006’s Endless Wire, WHO charges ahead of its closest rival, Robbie Williams The Christmas Present (Columbia), by a margin of almost 6,000 chart sales to lead the Official Albums Chart Update, the OCC reports.

The Who have released 12 studio album and hit the chart summit just once, with Who’s Next from September 1971.


Albums by Rod Stewart (You’re In My Heart via Rhino), Coldplay (Everyday Life via Parlophone) and Michael Ball & Alfie Boe (Back Together via Decca) complete the top 5 at the halfway stage.

Meanwhile, Michael Buble’s perennial holiday favorite Christmas (Reprise) climbs to No. 7 in its 49th week on the midweek chart, while Liam Payne’s debut LP1 (Capitol) starts at No. 8. 

Kylie Minogue is eyeing an 18th top 10 with her live album Golden: Live in Concert (BMG). It’s at No. 12, based on midweek data, one place ahead of 2019 Britain’s Got Talent winner, 89-year-old Colin Thackery, whose Love Changes Everything (Decca) starts at No. 13. 


Camila Cabello’s second full-length solo album Romance (Syco Music) is targeting a top 20 start. The album bows at No. 16 on the midweek chart, well down on the No. 2 peak for its predecessor, Camila.

The midweek singles chart belongs to Tones And I once more, as “Dance Monkey” (Parlophone) appears to be bolting to an 11th consecutive week at No. 1. It’s ahead of Ellie Goulding’s cover of “River” (Polydor) and Stormzy’s “Own It” (Atlantic/Merky) featuring Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy, respectively.