A Flash Flood Of Colour continues to head the UK artist albums market after accumulating 12,838 sales up to the end of trading on Tuesday, according to Official Charts Company figures. However, both Ed Sheeran's Asylum/Atlantic album + and XL artist Adele's 21 remain less than 5,000 sales behind and have every chance of overtaking by the weekend.
Wherever A Flash Flood Of Colour ends up it will significantly improve on the chart placing of their previous studio album, 2009's Common Dreads, their only one released via a major - Atlantic Records - and which reached number 16. This new album is independently issued through their label Ambush Reality, as was 2007's Take To The Skies, which is currently their highest-charting album, having debuted and peaked at four.
Sheeran's album is at the moment trailing Enter Shikari by about 4,200 copies with 21 a further 300 copies behind. Having returned to number one last Sunday, Elektra/Atlantic's Bruno Mars is now down in a fourth place with Doo-Wops & Hooligans, while the Columbia/Parkwood Entertainment-issued 4 by Beyonce remains in fifth position.
Following a performance last Saturday on Jonathan Ross's ITV1 chat show, Island act Florence + The Machine's Ceremonials is set for a Top 10 return. Sales are up on the week by 49%, moving it on sales flashes 21-8.
In another quiet week for new albums there is just one other brand new entry besides A Flash Flood Of Colour showing up in the Top 40. It belongs to Island-signed guitar band Tribes whose first album Baby is presently a new entry at 13.
Jessie J had a close fight on her hands to top the UK singles chart last week with Domino and the going is far from easy again for the Island/Lava artist. Domino remains in front having sold 27,692 copies by the end of Tuesday, but only by about 3,600 sales as the Virgin-issued Antidote by Swedish House Mafia with Knifeparty crops up as a new entry at two. Another Virgin release, David Guetta featuring Sia's Titanium, has progressed so far this week 8-3 with Island's Rizzle Kicks dropping 3-4 with Mama Do The Hump and the Atlantic single Good Feeling by Flo Rida dropping 2-5.
Sales of Mercury act Pixie Lott's Kiss The Stars are up 206% on the week, sending it 14-7, while there is a doubling of sales for Kelly Clarkson's RCA single Stronger to move it 21-11. Other big week-on-week sales gainers include the J/RCA-issued International Love by Pitbull featuring Chris Brown (up 62% to move 23-15), Island's Gotye featuring Kimbra with Somebody That I Used To Know (up 53% and progressing 36-25) and the latest singles by Syco acts Cher Lloyd and One Direction. Sales of Lloyd's Want U Back are up 220% on the week, lifting it 65-29 in the midweeks, while One Direction's One Thing rises 119-31 as sales increase 737% on the week.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.