RCA act Brown's newly-issued album Fortune is currently outselling its closest rival, Maroon 5's A&M/Octone/Polydor-issued Overexposed, by around 80% with Warner Bros's Linkin Park a bit further behind in third place with Living Things, according to the Official Charts Company. Brown's highest-charting album to date is Exclusive, which reached number three in 2007.
Brown and Maroon 5 are also leading the singles market at this stage of the week with the US band's Payphone featuring Wiz Khalifa less than 1,000 sales ahead, having dropped down from number one last Sunday. Also still in the frame is Interscope/Polydor's will.i.am featuring Eva Simons single This Is Love, which debuted at one last weekend and is not too far behind the top two sellers in third place, although its sales are down 50% on the week.
It is a quiet week for new releases in both markets with Blur's Parlophone track Under The Westway in 28th place the only new arrival so far among the midweek Top 40 singles, while below Brown on albums the next highest arrival is US artist Mary-Chapin Carpenter's new Rounder album Ashes And Roses. It is the week so far's 19th top seller, seven places higher than her current UK peak of 26 achieved by Stones In The Road in 1994.
Following their reunion gigs, the Stone Roses look poised to move into the Top 10 with sales of their Silvertone/Columbia-issued The Very Best Of up 182% on the week. Ahead of it, Virgin's Emeli Sande moves up 5-4 on Sales Flashes with Our Version Of Events, while Ed Sheeran's Asylum/Atlantic album + drops 3-5 and the Roc-A-Fella/Mercury-issued Watch The Throne by Jay-Z Kanye West climbs 7-6. Rihanna's Def Jam/Mercury album Talk That Talk progresses 9-7, while the Top 10 sellers at this point in the week are completed by Cheryl's Polydor album A Million Lights dropping 6-9 and RCA act Paloma Faith holding at 10 with Fall To Grace.
The Top 10 singles in the week so far are exactly as they were last Sunday, albeit in a reshuffled order. Below Maroon 5, Chris Brown and will.i.am, Atlantic act Flo Rida holds at four with Whistle and Warner Bros's Stooshe are back up as Black Heart climbs 8-5, as are Atlantic/Fueled By Ramen's Fun featuring Janelle Monae whose We Are Young progresses 9-6 following their performance on Graham Norton's BBC One chat show last Friday. Their album Some Nights is also enjoying a big lift in sales as a consequence with sales up 164% to move it 28-15 on midweek albums.
Cheryl's Polydor single Call My Name falls 5-8 and the Parlophone-issued Princess Of China by Coldplay and Rihanna drops 7-9, while Katy Perry's Virgin single Wide Awake holds at 10.
At this stage of the week, only one single has worked its way into the Top 20 sellers, Cash Money/Island's Nicki Minaj with Pound The Alarm, which climbs 34-20 with sales almost doubling on the week.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.