The Killers look like heading for a fourth straight No 1 on the UK artist albums chart as Example tries to overtake The Scipt for a third singles chart-topper.
The Las Vegas band's newly-issued Vertigo/Mercury set Battle Born surpassed 50,000 sales up to the end of business on Tuesday, giving it a 20% lead over the rest of the market, according to the Official Charts Company.
A closer battle is playing out at the top of the singles market with The Script featuring will.i.am's Epic/Phonogenic single Hall Of Fame commanding a lead of little more than 2,000 sales in the week so far. In hot pursuit is Ministry of Sound act Example who has previously topped the singles chart with Chaged The Way You Kiss Me and Stay Awake and shows up as a new entry at 2 in the latest midweeks with Say Nothing.
Behind The Killers on the artist albums midweeks is Pink with her brand new RCA set The Truth About Love. Her last album, 2008's Funhouse, give her a first UK albums chart-topper.
Marking the 25th anniversary of its release, an overhauled Bad by Michael Jackson surfaces in sixth position. The original Epic album spent five weeks at No 1 in 1987 and is one of the 10 biggest-selling albums of all time in the UK.
Following her chart-topping single Call Me Maybe, Interscope/Polydor's Carlt Rae Jepsen will register on the albums chart for the first time this weekend. Kiss is at 8 in the week to date, while the rest of the Top 10 so far takes in The Script's Number 3 (down 2-3), Young Turks/XL's XX with Coexist (1-4), Virgin act Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events (5-5), Columbia signing Bob Dylan's Tempest (3-7), Coldplay's Parlophone-issued Mylo Xyloto (4-9) and 679/Atlantic act Plan B's Ill Manors - OST (10-10).
Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear and Seattle's Band Of Horses are both on course for new UK chart peaks. Grizzly Bear's new Warp set Shields is new at 11 on the latest Sales Flashes and will beat their current peak of 24 achieved by 2009's Veckatimest, while Band Of Horses' Columbia set Mirage Rock is 13. Their last album Infinite Arms reached 21 in 2010.
A very busy week for new releases will also result in new albums from the following acts debuting inside or around the Top 40 on Sunday: Earache's Rival Sones, Aggressive Music's Richie Sambora, 100 Percent Records' Skunk Anansie, Ear Music's Marillion, Sony's Ben Folds Five, Interscope/Polydor's Nelly Furtado, Hassle's We Are The Ocean and Roadrunner's Down.
Dappy's third solo single looks like giving him a third consecutive Top 10 hit with the AATW/Island-issued Good Intentions registering as a new entry at 8 on the midweeks. Meanwhile, Positiva/Virgin act David Guetta's She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) featuring Sia rises 14-10 with an 85% sales lift and his Play Hard track featuring Ne-Yo and Akon lifts 22-20 with weekly sales doubling.
There is a 41% gain for Emeli Sande's Virgin-issued Our Version of Events, the song she performed at the Olympics closing ceremony. As a result it climbs 19-12 in the midweeks.
Motown/Mercury act Ne-Yo's Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love) is static at 3 in the week so far, while Pink's RCA track Blow Me (One Last Kiss) rises 5-4 and Mercury artist Taylor Swift's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together improves 7-5. Having debuted at 2 last Sunay, Xenomania/RCA act Amelia Lily's You Bring Me Joy now drops to 6 and Syco's Little Mix fall 407 with Wings. There is a one-place fall to 9 for Interscope/Republic's Owl City/Carly Rae Jepsen pairing Good Time.
Sales of Island's Korean-language pop hit Gangnam Style by PSY are up 285% on the week to lift it 37-16, while Parlophone act Conor Maynard's Turn Around moves 38-24 with weekly sales more than doubling.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.