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Midweek Charts: Les Miserables continues to dominate

Paul Williams
Midweek Charts: Les Miserables continues to dominate

Les Miserables is set to continue to lead the UK artist albums chart this weekend as I Am Kloot head for a new peak.

The Polydor-issued motion picture cast recording is presently outselling its three nearest rivals combined, according to the Official Charts Company, mounting a 181% sales lead over closest challenger Our Version Of Events by Virgin's Emeli Sande.

At present the top four sellers are in exactly the same order as they were last Sunday with Les Miserables at 1, Sande at 2, Jake Bugg's self-titled Mercury album at 3 and Columbia act Calvin Harris's 18 Months at 4. Just below them I Am Kloot are on course for a new career chart peak with the album Let It All In on their Shepherd Moon label presently registering as a new entry at 5. Their current highest position on the countdown is 24, achieved by last album Sky At Night in 2010.

Joining I Am Kloot in the Top 10 at present is Adam Ant whose last studio album Wonderful reached 24 in 1995. His new set Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Guner's Daughter, released on the Blueblack Hussar label, is new at 9 at this stage of the week.

Def Jam/Mercury's Rihanna holds at 6 with Unapologetic and Bruno Mars' Atlantic album Unorthodox Jukebox climbs 10-7, while Asylum/Atlantic's Ed Sheeran falls 8-9 with + and Syco's One Direction gain a place to 10 with Take Me Home.

There are four brand new albums between positions 11 and 20 in the latest midweeks, led by Welsh band Blackout's new Cooking Vinyl set Start The Party at 12. Five-piece Mallory Knox's Signals, issued on the A Wolf At Your Door label, is new at 15, while another Welsh act - Canvasback/Atlantic's Joy Formidable - are at 16 with Wolf's Law. Decca-signed Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi's new studio set In A Time Lapse makes a first appearance at 18.

Following his performance on Graham Norton's BBC One chat show last Friday Parlophone's Conor Maynard sees sales of his debut album rise 75% on the week to move it 86-67 on the midweeks. More spectacularly, his single Animal featuring Wiley is up 34-4 with sales quadrupling. It is poised to become his fourth UK Top 10 single. Also gaining because of a high-profile TV appearance are Madness whose Cooking Vinyl album Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da is up 76-22 following them chatting and performing on Jonathan Ross's ITV1 programme.

Dutch dance duo Bingo Players are heading for No 1 on the singles chart this Sunday with the Ministry of Sound release Get Up (Rattle) around 14,500 sales in front. At 2 is the Interscope/Polydor-issued Scream & Shout by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears, having secured a second week at 1 last weekend, while Mercury's Taylor Swift gains a place to 3 with I Knew You Were Trouble.

Rihanna's Def Jam/Mercury track Stay featuring Mikky Ekko holds at 5 as the Columbia pairing of Calvin Harris and Tinie Tempah with Drinking From The Bottle continue at 6. Having debuted at 2 last Sunday, the Interscope/Polydor release My Life by 50 Cent, Eminem and Adam Levine falls to 7 in the week so far, while Syco act James Arthur's Impossible is down 7-8, Xenomania/RCA signing Amelia Lilly's second single Shut Up (And Give Me Whatever You Got) is new at 9 and VIrgin's Emeli Sande climbs 11-10 with Clown.

Meanwhile, having debuted at 3 last Sunday Justin Timberlake's brand new RCA single Suit & Tie with Jay-Z already looks like heading out of the Top 10 as it drops to 11 on the midweeks with a 56% sales fall.

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

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