The Polydor-issued Born To Die, which debuted at number one last Sunday after selling 116,745 copies, was in this new chart week around 3,000 sales ahead up to the end of business on Tuesday, according to the Official Chart Company. It is facing competition from a string of new albums in the busiest week of the year so far for new releases with up to half of the Top 10 this coming Sunday to be made up of new entries.
Leading that charge is the debut album from Mercury's Maverick Sabre with Lonely Are The Brave the week so far's second top seller and nearly 12,000 sales ahead of the Hearmusic/Mercury-handled Kisses On The Bottom, Paul McCartney's first studio album since 2007's Memory Almost Full. There is an even bigger gap between albums for Van Halen whose newly-issued Interscope/Polydor set A Different Kind Of Truth, which shows up as a new entry at four on the midweeks, their first offering in nearly 14 years.
Competing the charge of new albums into the Top 10 positions, Play It Again Sam act Young Guns' Bones is the ninth top seller in the week to date, while 4AD act Mark Lanegan Band's Blues Funeral is 10th.
Having debuted at two last Sunday, Columbia's Leonard Cohen album Old Ideas is presently ranked sixth in the new chart week, a place behind Asylum/Atlantic act Ed Sheeran's +. XL act Adele's 21 and Island/Lava's Jessie J with Who You Are complete the Top 10 sellers, falling 4-7 and 6-8 respectively.
The busy week for new albums is also reflected outside the Top 10 with a new Parlophone Pet Shop Boys retrospective, Format - B-sides & B-sides, in 12th position, while Virgin's Air are 19th with Le Voyage Dans La Lune. New entries on this coming Sunday's chart are also expected from Mute's Goldfrapp, a re-issue of the Mercury album The Crossing by Big Country and Decca's Juan Zelada.
In the week Paul McCartney returns to the albums chart fellow Sixties survivor Mick Jagger could be heading for his first top five singles hit since he topped the chart in 1985 with the Live Aid cut Dancing In The Street with David Bowie. He is a guest vocalist with Jennifer Lopez on the will.i.am Interscope/Polydor single T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever), which is new at three in the latest sales flashes. Just ahead of it in second place is the Island-issued Gotye featuring Kimbra single Somebody That I Used To Know, which was three on last Sunday's chart, while David Guetta featuring Sia Positiva/Virgin single Titanium retains the top position it secured last weekend. Island/Lava's Jessie J is still fourth with Domino, while 3 Beat/AATW's Alone Again by Alyssa Reid featuring Jump Smokers drops 2-5.
Outside the Top 10, another David Guetta cut, Turn Me On featuring Nicki Minaj, sees its sales almost quadruple on the week to move 33-13 on the midweeks, while sales of the 14th Floor/Atlantic single Skinny Love By Birdy are up 55% on the week to move 24-15.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweekcom.