Iconic British heavy metal band Iron Maiden topped today’s official charts update with their 17th studio album Senjutsu, while Canadian rapper Drake is right behind them with their sixth album Certified Lover Boy in the second square.
Iron Maiden leads physical sales and downloads, while Drake leads streaming. So far this week, 8,000 chart sales separate the two albums, but everything remains to be decided.
Iron Maiden has recorded five UK No.1 albums during his 40-year career, with their last two studio albums Final Frontier in 2010 and The Book of Souls in 2015 becoming their first consecutive UK No.1. Can the group led by Bruce Dickinson succeed three times in a row?
Drake won’t miss the top spot without a fight as he prepares his UK No.1 fourth album to join Views (2016), Scorpion (2018) and Dark Lane Demo Tapes (2020). Certified Lover Boy is almost certain to mark Drake’s tenth appearance in the Official Top 10 Albums.
At number 3 in the middle of the week, Little Simz with Sometime I Might Be Introvert, which would become the first UK album of the London rapper’s Top 40 – real name Simbiatu Abisola Abiola Ajikawo. Another new Top 5 release comes courtesy of Newcastle rockers The Wildhearts with 21st Century Love Songs, set to become their fourth Top 40 and highest ranked album to date.
Last week’s No.1 Kanye West’s DONDA continues to air midway through but drops four spots to No.5. ABBA and their biggest hits album Gold, which climbed six spots to No.6 after the announcement of their return.
American rock band Imagine Dragons is in contention for a fifth consecutive UK Top 10 album with Mercury – Act 1 (8) while Rudimental is set to release their top-tier fourth album with Ground Control (10).
Yorkshire alternative rock band Embrace are heading towards their ninth UK Top 40 entry with the live album Best Of (Live from the Cellar of Dreams) at age 11, a reissue of the rock band’s 2001 album from Cardiff Super Furry Animals, Rings Around The World is 17, and Lady Gaga’s remix album Dawn of Chromatica hits 29 midweek.
Finally, posthumous chart entries are in the works for Gerry Rafferty with Rest In Blue (25) and a reissue of the eponymous album by Dublin blues guitarist Rory Gallagher from 1971 (34).