Louis Tomlinson battles Bruce Springsteen for the UK Chart Crown

Louis Tomlinson strolling into a lead in the UK chart race with Faith in the future (via BMG). But there is a Boss to fight.

Tomlinson, the former One Direction star, headlines the official chart update Faith in the future, his second solo effort. As a member of 1D, Tomlinson topped the national album poll on four occasions, and his debut solo set, the 2020s Wallspeaked at No. 4.

The home run could have some obstacles for Tomlinson, who Bruce Springsteen’s Only the strong survive (Columbia) sits close behind in second place.

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Springsteen’s 21st studio album is a collection of souls cover. To date, the Rock And Roll Hall of Famer has 22 UK top 10 albums, including 12 No.1s – tied for third best among solo acts behind Robbie Williams (14) and Elvis Presley (13) respectively.

According to the Official Charts Company, fewer than 1,200 charts split the two albums halfway through.

As it currently stands, the top five is closed out by a trio of former leaders, Taylor Swift’s Midnights (down 2-3 via EMI), Drake & 21 Savage’s Her loss (down 1-4, via OVO/Republic Records), and Ed Sheeran’s = (up 10-5, via Asyl).

Christmas is just around the corner and the festive releases are ready to make the annual march onto the charts.

British classic crossover stars Aled Jones and Russell Watson could claim a third UK top 10 as a duo Christmas with Aled & Russell (BMG). It is new at No. 8 on the chart explosion.

Andrea Bocelli family record A family Christmas (via Decca), with son Matteo and daughter Virginia, could be this week’s big winner, notes OCC, lifting 58-13 on the midweek chart for a possible new top position.

Just outside the top ten at midweek is a Nigerian artist Wizkid with his fifth LP More love, less ego (Columbia). It’s on course for a No.12 debut, which would be the Afrobeat act’s UK career high, and improved on a No.15 best for the 2020s Made in Lagos.

Also aiming for a top 20 debut is the American roots rock act Larkin Poe, with seventh album Harmony of blood. It is set for a No. 15 entry for what would be the band’s first top 40 entry.

And finally, Christine & The Queens is ready for a top 20 return with Redcar les adorables ├ętoiles (prologue) (via Fordi Musik), new at No. 17 on the chart blast. The French act have impacted the UK charts on three occasions, including a No.2 debut in 2016 Chaleur Humaineand a No. 3 peak for its 2018 follow-up Chris.

All will be revealed when the official UK Albums Chart is released on Friday (November 18).

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