Courteeners race for first UK chart title with ‘St Jude’ reissue

Fifteen years after its release, Courteeners’ St. Jew (via Polydor/UMR) are heading for their first UK chart crown.

Originally published in 2008, St. Jew peaked at No. 4 on the Official Albums Chart, with three of its tracks going on to influence the UK Top 40.

The British indie rock band have made seven top 10 appearances, including all six of their studio LPs.

To date, the Courteeners’ UK chart career has been No.2 for the 2020s More. Again. Forever. Thanks to a reissue of St. Jew, Courteeners could go one better. That’s the top title on Official chart update, published Jan. 16.

Based on sales and streaming data compiled by the Official Charts Company, this week’s highest new entry could belong to Supergrass guitarist Gaz Coombeswhose fourth solo album Turn the car around (Hot Fruit) is chasing a No. 2 debut. If it continues to accelerate, Turn the car around would give Coombes his first solo top 10; Supergrass has six top 10 albums, including a No. 1 for their 1995 debut I should Coco.

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Meanwhile, London rapper Clavish is eyeing his first top 10 appearance with his 28-track debut mixtape Rap game terrible (Polydorus). It’s new at #4 on the latest map update.

Indie rock is also pushing for top 10 debuts Circa waves with Never goes under (Lower Third), heading for a No. 9 start; and the veteran Scottish indie-pop band Belle & Sebastian with Late developers (Matador), new at No. 10 on UK Chart Update.

Finally, George Ezra is enjoying an immediate bump after the singer-songwriter last week landed several nominations for 2023 BRIT Awards. Ezra, who is up for Song of the Year and Artist of the Year at the annual ceremony, is set for February. 11, sees his third consecutive album to top the chart Gold Rush Kid (Columbia) makes a run for top 40; it is at number 31 on the chart explosion.

All will be revealed when the official charts are released late Friday.

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