The Manics' newly-issued Columbia album Postcards From A Young Man has sold around 17,000 units at this stage of the week, according to the OCC, with Phil Collins' Atlantic album Going Back providing its biggest challenge. The Collins album, which debuted at four a week ago, has seen its sales increase this week by 80% after his For One Night show, featuring songs from Going Back, was broadcast last Saturday evening on ITV1. Phonogenic's The Script are third.
Coincidentally, the last time the Manics and Collins topped the UK albums chart was in consecutive weeks with the Sony act's This is My Truth Tell Me Yours spending three weeks at the top during September and October 1998 to then be replaced by Hits, a Virgin retrospective of the Genesis frontman's solo work.
After 17 new entries in the Top 75 last week, this new chart week is looking almost as busy for new albums with the Manics expected to be joined in the Top 10 this coming Sunday by two other new entries. Mascot-signed Black Country Communion's self-titled album is the fourth biggest seller at this stage of the week, while Maroon 5's A&M/Octone-issued Hands All Over is ranked fifth.
Other new entries to the chart are likely to include albums from Rhino/Warner Bros's Seal, RCA's Santana, a first new album from the classic OMD line-up in 24 years via their label 100 Percent, 4th & Broadway/Island's Taio Cruz, Reprise/Warner Bros's Serj Tankian, Heavenly's Edywn Collins, Ear Music's Kamelot and Roadrunner act Opeth.
Elektra/Atlantic's Bruno Mars has opened up a commanding lead at the top of the midweek singles chart with his newly-issued Just The Way You Are (Amazing) with his biggest rival Sky1 show Must Be The Music's first series winner Emma Gillespie.
The Glasgow-born singer, who performs under the name Emma's Imagination, is ranked second at this stage of the week with the song Focus, having won the show's final last Sunday.
Syco act Alexandra Burke, who spent a second week at number one last Sunday with Start Without You featuring Laza Morgan, is now down in sixth place at this point of the week. Taio Cruz's 4th & Broadway/Island single Dynamite is ranked third, Virgin act Katy Perry's Teenage Dream fourth and Phonogenic/RCA's The Script's fifth with For The First Time.
Among the chart-bound new releases this week are Ministry of Sound's Alex Guadino, Warner Bros act Charice, Columbia's Mark Ronson & The Business Int and another Must Be The Music Act, Pictures.
The full midweeks singles and albums charts are on Musicweek.com.