Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’ on track for fifth week at No.1 in the UK

Taylor Swift’s Midnights (via EMI) is set to extend its UK reign

Based on midweek data published by the Official Charts Company, Swift’s tenth and latest studio album is on track for a fifth straight week at No. 1.

It’s already Swift’s longest-reigning album United Kingdomand overtakes the three-week lead for the 2020s Folklore.

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In the meantime SZA holding on to No. 2 on the midweek chart with SEA (RCA/Top Dawg), while The Weeknd’s The highlights (Republic Records/XO) should complete the podium.

The highest debut on the next chart appears to be Gabrielle Aplins Phosphorescent (Never Fade), the English singer-songwriter’s fourth LP. Phosphorescent turns on the official chart update at No. 4, and should give Aplin his first top 10 since English rainher debut album which peaked at No. 2 back in 2013.

Also on the verge of a top 10 ranking is a punk legend Iggy Popif 19Th album Everyone loses (Atlantic) is headed for a No. 9 starter. If it holds up, Iggy’s LP would be only his second top 10 appearance as a solo artist after 2016’s Post Pop depression peaked at No. 5.

Former The Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks could score a solo top 40 appearance with The gritter man (Blood), the original soundtrack to his debut book of the same name. It is at No. 36 on the midweek chart. The Maccabees landed four top 40 albums, including a No. 1 for the 2015s Brands to prove it.

The gritter manfirst published as an e-book in 2017 and the following year in paperback, is described as “a song for the unsung hero” and “a bittersweet story of stoicism, dignity and a man leaving behind the work he loves,” with illustrations after weeks.

Onto midweek singles chart, Lewis Capaldi’s “Pointless” (Vertigo) jumps Ray’s current manager, “Escapsim” (Human Re Sources), in what is to shape as a close race.

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

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