Post Malone, Ed Sheeran Lead Midweek U.K. Charts

Prepare for a Posty strike on the U.K. charts this week. 

Post Malone’s new album Hollywood’s Bleeding (Republic) is way out in front at the midweek stage, taking top spot on the Official U.K. Albums Chart Update, while a string of tracks from it are poised to impact the national singles chart. 

The U.S. hip-hop star already has a U.K. albums chart crown in his safekeeping with ​Beerbongs and Bentleys, which spent a week at the summit in 2018, while three tracks lifted from the new set are currently inside the top ten on the singles chart blast, led by “Circles”, up 12-4. Also, the title track is at No. 9 and “Goodbyes” featuring Young Thug rises 14-10.

According to the Official Charts Company, Hollywood’s Bleeding is outpacing its nearest rival, Status Quo’s No. 2-ranked Backbone (Ear Music), by two to one. 

Backbone, meanwhile, is Status Quo’s 33rd studio album, and appears set to be the British rock veterans’ 25th top 10. Another new release, the Aitch2O EP (Since 93) from Manchester rapper Aitch, starts at No. 3 on the midweek survey, while U.S. singer and songwriter Melanie Martinez is in at No. 6 with her second studio LP, K-12 (Atlantic).

In a busy week new releases, Jax Jones, Black Star Riders, Bat For Lashes, Belinda Carlisle, Iggy Pop, Chrissie Hynde and Echo & The Bunnymen have entries start inside the top 20 at the halfway stage. 

Over on the Official U.K. Singles Chart Update, Ed Sheeran’s “Take Me Back to London” (Asylum) featuring Stormzy holds onto top spot ahead of Kygo & Whitney Houston’s cover of “Higher Love” (Columbia/Kygo) and Aitch’s “Taste (Make It Shake),” respectively.

Finally, Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch) enters the top 20 for the first time, rising 35-19 in its sixth week on the list. The Byron Bay, Australia-based singer, songwriter and musician is enjoying a monster hit with the song in her homeland, where it’s led the national ARIA chart for six consecutive weeks

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