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In the U.K., the Red Hot Chili Peppers are putting pressure on 1975 on the albums chart, which is making the race for the top spot more exciting.
Based on data from the Official Charts Company for the middle of the week, the 1975’s fifth studio album, Being Funny In A Foreign Language (Dirty Hit), is at the top of the charts.
If it stays at the top, Being Funny will give Matt Healy and the rest of the band their fifth U.K. after their self-titled debut in 2013; I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful but don’t know it (from 2016); A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships (2018) and Notes On A Conditional Form (2019). (2020).
The Chili Peppers might have something to say about it. With “Return of the Dream Canteen,” which is at No. 2 on the Official Chart Update, the California rock band has been around for a long time (Warner Records). It’s their 13th album and the one after Unlimited Love, which got them to the top of the U.K. chart this year in April.
With their new album, Return, RHCP should get their tenth U.K. There have been five No. 1s in their list of top 10 songs.
The rest of the top five on the chart blast is Alter Bridge’s Pawns & Kings (Napalm), at No. 3; Atlanta rapper Lil Baby’s It’s Only Me (Motown/Quality Control), at No. 4; and Dexys Midnight Runners’ Too-Rye-Ay (Mercury), a reissue of the band’s sophomore album from 1982, which included the classic single “Come on Eileen.” The LP, which peaked at No. 2 when it first came out, will be back in the top 10 for the first time in 40 years, according to the OCC.
Big Moon’s Here Is Everything (Fiction) is on track for a career-best No. 6, and Lightning Seeds’ See You In The Stars (BMG), the band’s first album in 13 years from the Britpop era, should shoot straight into the top ten. It will start at No. 7 and could become the band’s best-selling studio album in its 32-year history.
Ten Years Of The Vamps (UMR/Virgin), which looks like it will start at No. 5 and be the British pop band’s fifth top 10 records, is right behind it.
Brian Eno’s 22nd studio album, FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE (Universal Music Recordings), which starts at No. 10 on the midweek chart, is on track to be the best solo album of his long career.
When the Official U.K. Albums Chart comes out late Friday, Oct. 21, we’ll know everything.
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