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Midweek Charts: Adele in hot pursuit of Alabama Shakes

Paul Williams
Midweek Charts: Adele in hot pursuit of Alabama Shakes

Sales of XL's Adele album are up 22% on the week, mainly as a result of BBC One broadcasting again last Thursday her concert last year at the Royal Albert Hall. If the album does return to number one its run will be extended to 22 weeks.

Having debuted at one last Sunday, Cash Money/Island's Nicki Minaj album Pink Friday - Roman Reloaded has suffered a 71% dive in sales in the week so far, placing it at three on the midweeks. Island/Lava's Jessie J has progressed 8-4 on the midweeks with Who You Are, despite its own sales falling 22%, while Virgin's Emeli Sande currently remains in fifth position where she sat on last Sunday's chart with Our Version Of Events.

Lana Del Rey looks like taking advantage of a quiet week for new releases with a Top 10 return for Polydor-issued Born To Die as it progresses 11-7 in the week to date, while Sony-handled Moshi Monsters album Music Rox drops 4-8, Syco's Labrinth slips 2-9 with Electronic Earth and Asylum/Atlantic's Ed Sheeran holds at 10 with +.

Counting Crows' first Cooking Vinyl album Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation) is currently appearing as a new entry at 11, a place above Masterworks/Columbia's newly-issued self-titled Ramin album. Florence + The Machine will also be among the new entries this Sunday with the Island album MTV Unplugged registering presently in 17th position.

Lionel Richie's Mercury album Tuskegee is enjoying a 151% boost in sales following the screening of an ITV1 special on Good Friday. This has lifted it on the midweeks from 26-13.

Justin Bieber last week recorded the second-highest first-week sales for a download in history in the US with Boyfriend and the Def Jam/Mercury track now looks like becoming his highest-charting single so far in the UK. Bieber until now has got as high as number three in the UK, achieved with Baby featuring Ludacris in 2010, but he looks like going one better with Boyfriend securely in second place on the midweeks.

Ahead of it is Interscope/Polydor act Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe, which debuted at one on Sunday, while RCA act Usher appears in third place with newly-released Climax.

Nicki Minaj's Cash Money/Island single Starships is currently fourth, where it stood on last Sunday's chart, while Gotye featuring Kimbra's Island single Somebody That I Used To Know drops 3-5 and Atlantic/VP act Sean Paul falls 2-6 with She Doesn't Mind.

UMTV's Sway is heading for his first Top 10 single with Level Up at present appearing as a new entry at seven, while the current Top 10 is completed by Positiva/Virgin's David Guetta featuring Sia dropping 7-8 with Titanium, Atlantic's Flo Rida featuring Sia falling 8-9 with Wild Ones and Virgin's Katy Perry down 6-10 with Part Of Me.

Despite Boyfriend's spectacular sales start in the US last week, Fun featuring Janelle Monae managed to hold onto the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with We Are Young and now the Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic single is about to become a UK hit. It is the 36th top seller in the week so far, three places below Rainbow Mix's self-released cover of the same song. Also heading for a Top 40 debut are Fearless/Columbia's Breathe Carolina with Blackout.

Meanwhile, Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder's 1984 Virgin hit Together In Electric Dreams is shaping up for a Top 40 return following its use in an EDF TV ad. It moves 118-38 on the midweeks.

The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.

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