Olly Murs is looking to simultaneously top the UK singles and albums charts for the first time as he leads the two midweek countdowns.
His newly-issued third Epic album Right Place Right Time is off to a strong sales start, having shifted more than 60,000 copies in two days, according to the Official Charts Company, more than double the tally of its nearest rival, Take Me Home by Syco's One Direction.
At the same time Troublemaker, which debuted at No1 on the singles chart last week and features Flo Rida, is currently around 9,000 sales ahead of Atlantic act Bruno Mars whose Locked Out Of Heaven is enjoying a huge sales boost after being performed on the X Factor results show last Sunday. Sales are up 64% on the week to move it 9-2 in the midweeks, while sales of Def Jam/Mercury act Rihanna's Diamonds are up 33% after featuring on the same programme. As a result it lifts 10-3 on Sales Flashes, although the Barbadian's X Factor appearance cannot prevent sales of her album Unapologetic dropping 53% and it falls 1-3 as a result.
As Christmas rapidly approaches, the number of best of albums in the market sharply rises with four debuting inside the midweek Top 20. They are led at 4 by Polydor's Girls Aloud with Ten, while Columbia set The Very Best Of by Neil Diamond arrives at 11, Memory Lane - The Best Of by Island's McFly at 15 and Syco act Il Divo's The Greatest Hits at 19. RCA act Kelly Clarkson's Greatest Hits - Chapter One starts at 25.
A new Sony-issued version of Jeff Wayne's The War Of The Worlds, billed as New Generation, is new at 7, while Warner Music Entertainment's Katherine Jenkins debuts at 18 in the week so far with This Is Christmas. It is 13 places behind Reprise/Warner Bros act Michael Buble's own festive set Christmas, which holds at 5, while Rod Stewart's Verve debut Merry Christmas, Baby slips 6-8, despite sales growing by 8%. It swaps places with Virgin act Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events, which climbs 8-6, while Island act Robbie Williams' Take The Crown falls 9-10 but with a 27% sales hike. This follows a series of shows he played at the O2.
Following publicity surrounding their own O2 show at the weekend, sales of The Rolling Stones's Polydor best of GRRR rise 42%, although it drops 11-10, while a Strictly Come Dancing appearance on BBC1 helps to lift sales of The Script's Phonogenic/Epic album #3 by 135% as it climbs 30-22,. Other big sales gainers include Decca act Alfue Boe's Storyteller (+57% as it moves 15-16) and Asylum/Atlantic's Ed Sheeran with + (+32%, although drops 18-24). Alicia Keys' RCA set Girl On Fire is new at 14.
The same 10 tracks are among the top 10 singles at this stage of the week as they were last Sunday, but in a different order. Below Olly Murs, Bruno Mars and Rihanna, Syco act Labrinth's Beneath Your Beautiful featuring Emeli Sande holds at 4, Island act Robbie Williams' Candy climbs 8-5 and Alicia Keys' RCA single Girl On Fire drops 5-6. Gabrielle Aplin's Parlophone single The Power Of Love holds at 7 as Island act PSY's Gangnam Style falls 6-8, One Direction's Syco single Little Things slips 3-9 and Decca act The Lumineers' Ho Hey is up 11-10.
The midweek chart's highest arrival is Kesha with Die Young on Kemosabe/RCA, while Interscope/Polydor's Imagine Dragons are new at 25 with Hear Me and at 31 with Radioactive. Athlete's 2005 Parlophone single Wires, which peaked at 4, is back in at 26 after being performed by X Factor contestant Rylan Clark in a sing-off, which he lost.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.