Biffy Clyro are spectacularly heading for their first UK chart-topping album with Opposites taking just three days to match the entire opening week sales of predecessor Only Revolutions.
The newly-issued 14th Floor/Warner Bros album had sold 43,577 copies up to the end of trading on Tuesday, according to the Official Charts Company, more than the combined sales of the four artist album titles immediately below it.
Opposites' tally after three days compares to Only Revolutions in its entire first week in November 2009 selling 43,113 copies as it debuted at No 3, one place below the arrival and peak of the album before that, Puzzle, in June 2007.
Another Warner album, the Rhino/Warner Bros release Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, is heading for a dramatic return to the Top 10 some 35 years after it spent its only week leading the UK albums chart. One of the 20 biggest-selling albums of all time in the UK, it re-appears as a new entry at No 4 in a 35th anniversary addition, even though it is actually 36 years since the album first came out. In the US the album originally headed the Billboard chart for 31 weeks between 1977 and 1978.
Sitting aboveFleetwood Mac, Polydor's Les Miserables album drops to 2 having secured a second week at No 1 last Sunday as a new version of Def Jam/Mercury act Justin Bieber's 2011 album Believe, called Believe - Acoustic, enters at 3. Emeli Sande's Virgin album Our Version Of Events falls 2-5, while Andrea Bocelli's new Decca album Passione is new at 8.
Slipping a place to 6 at this stage of the week is Def Jam/Mercury act Rihanna's Unapologetic, while her We Found Love partner Calvin Harris's Columbia set 18 Months falls 3-7. Below them, two acts enjoy healthy sales and chart lifts after appearing on Jonathan Ross's ITV1 show last Saturday with Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra's Rhino set The Golden Age Of Swing up 15-9 with sales lifting 90%, while sales of RCA act Alicia Keys' Girl On Fire increase 223% as it lifts 38-10.
Funeral For A Friend's sixth album, the Distiller-issued Conduit, is new at 16 at this stage of the week and should beat the No 33 peak of their last album Welcome Home Armageddon in March 2011. Also set to debut in this coming Sunday's chart will be new entries for Polydor's Delphic, Infectious's Local Natives and Atlantic/Big Beat/Circus's Flux Pavilion.
Ministry of Sound's Bingo Players are just ahead on the singles midweeks in their quest for a second week at No 1 with Get Up (Rattle) featuring Far East Movement, while the rest of the top five is also the same as it was on last Sunday's chart. Will.i.am featuring Britney Spears' Interscope/Polydor single Scream & Shout holds at 2 as Mercury act Taylor Swift is static at 3 with I Knew You Were Trouble. Def Jam/Mercury act Rihanna holds at 4 with Stay featuring Mikky Ekko and Drinking From The Bottle by Calvin Harris featuring Tinie Tempah is still at 5.
Emeli Sande's Virgin single Clown progresses two places to 6 as Conor Maynard's Parlophone single Animal featuring Wiley falls 6-7 and the Interscope/Polydor collective of 50 Cent, Eminem and Adam Levine are down two places to 9 with My Life. Between them the current Billboard Hot 100 No 1 Thrift Shop by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Wanz rises 24-8. Sales of the single, released on the Macklemore label, are up 284% in the week to date. The London-issued Don't Stop the Party by Pitbull featuring Jr completes the Tp 10 at this stage of the week, holding at 10.
An Island pairing of Devlin and Diane Birch shows up as a new entry at 12 with Rewind, while Polydor act Ellie Goulding's Explosions vaullts 33-16 with sales rising 117%. The midweek chart's other big climbers include Columbia/Roc Nation act Rita Ora whose Radioactive is up 32-20.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.