Stockport’s independent export – comprising Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock – are currently leading the midweek race. If it holds up, Ribbon Around the Bomb will become the band’s third UK number one album, joining their 2016 self-titled debut and 2020 record Foolish Loving Spaces.
Close behind Blossoms after the bank holiday sale weekend is German heavy metal band Rammstein. Their eighth studio album, Zeit, is on track to give the band their career-best peak in the Official Albums Chart, number 2. Previously, the band had five UK Top 40 albums.
British rock quintet Thunder are currently number 3 with their fourteenth studio album Dopamine. The record is set to become the band’s twelfth UK Top 40 album to date, on course to peak with their 2021 release All the Right Noises (3).
The Weeknd’s Dawn FM – the biggest new album of 2022 so far – jumps 35 places to number 7 after its multiple collector’s edition vinyl formats.
Elsewhere in the Midweek Top 10, the Atlanta-born rapper Future could claim the best number 4 of his career with his ninth album I Never Liked You, Bloc Party sitting at number 6 with their first LP in as many years Alpha Games and Reef’s sixth album Shoot Me Your Ace looks set to land at number 8.
Further down the chart of the week, Let’s Eat Grandma are on course to score their second UK Top 40 album with Two Ribbons (22). Moving Pictures – the number three album from 1981 by Canadian rockers Rush – looks set to re-enter the charts this week thanks to a 40th anniversary reissue (23).
Infinite Disco, a recording of Kylie Minogue’s 2020 live concert in support of her Disco album, looks set to give the Aussie star her twenty-seventh UK Top 40 record to date (29), with more other new entries possible courtesy of Norwegian electro duo Royksopp’s Profound Mysteries (33) and Miranda Lambert’s Palomino (38).