Swedish House Mafia's farewell single looks set to deny Adele's James Bond theme climbing to No 1 on the UK singles chart.
Adele's XL single debuted at No 4 last Sunday on just two days' sales and has got off to a strong start in this new chart week, having sold more than 50,000 copies by the end of business on Tuesday, according to the Official Charts Company. However, that is only good enough to move it up to 2 with Swedish House Mafia's brand new Virgin track Don't You Worry Child featuring John Martin currently more than 20,000 sales ahead.
The Swedes, who announced in June they would be taking a hiatus after their tour, have previously hit a high of 4 on the UK singles chart, firstly with Miama 2 Ibiza with Tinie Tempah in 2010 and then with Antidote with Knife Party the following year.
The top end of the artist albums chart is much closer at this stage with little more than 2,000 sales separating Ellie Goulding in first place and Mumford & Sons in runners-up spot. Goudling's appearance at 1 in the latest midweeks with her newly-issued second Polydor set Halcyon follows a performance on Jonathan Ross's ITV1 show last Saturday, while Mumford's Gentlemen Of The Road/Island set Babel holds its position of 2 achieved on last Sunday's chart. Muse's Helium 3/Warner Bros album The 2nd Law drops 1-3.
Following a night dedicated to Jeff Lynne/ELO on BBC Four last Friday, three related albums are currently among the Top 10 sellers. They are led by the Frontiers label release Long Wave, a newly-issued solo album of covers by Jeff Lynne, which is new at 5 on Sales Flashes. Another new Frontiers album, Mr Blue Sky - The Very Best Of, which goes under the ELO name and includes new versions by Lynne of some of the band's tracks, arrives at 9, while the RCA-handled All Around The World - The Very Best Of holds its position of 10 achieved last Sunday. This album contains original versions of the band's hits.
In a strong week for guitar and rock music, Australian act Tame Impala are new at 11 with the Modular album Lonerism, while veteran US rock band Kiss's UMC/Universal set Monster, their first album in three years, is new at 12 at this stage of the week.
Completing the Top 10 at this point of the week are RCA act Pink's The Truth About Love falling 3-6, Emeli Sande's Virgin debut Our Version Of Events dropping 5-7 and The Killers' Vertigo/Mercury set Battle Born slipping 4-8.
Mika's third Island album The Origin Of Love is new at 15 on the current midweeks and Barbra Streisand's Columbia-issued Release Me is at 18. Other new albums set to debut in or around the Top 40 this coming Sunday include new albums from V2's Coheed & Cambria, Atlantic's Dog Is Dead, Lemar via the AMP label and Provogue's Beth Hart.
Back on the singles chart and below Swedish House Mafia and Adele is Rihanna whose Def Jam/Mercury title Diamonds slips to 3 having debuted at 1 last weekend. Island act PSY's Gangnam Style drops 2-4 and Leona Lewis is heading for her eighth UK Top 10 single with the Syco-issued Trouble with Childish Gambino new at 5. Ellie Goulding's Anything Could Happen drops 5-6 and Syco act One Direction's Live While We're Young 3-7, while The Script's Epic/Phonogenic track Hall Of Fame featuring will.i.am. drops 6-8. Following an appearance on Jonathan Ross last weekend, Mercury's Taylor Swift progresses 10-9 with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, while Atlantic's Flo Rida slips 7-10 with I Cry.
Among the singles market's big sales gainers is A&M/Octone/Polydor act Maroon 5's One More Night, which currently leads the Billboard Hot 100. Its UK sales this week are up 222% and as a consequence it climbs 64-26 in the midweeks. Meanwhile, Faith Hill 2001 Warner Bros single There You'll Be is back in at 36 ater being performed on The X Factor last Saturday by contestant Carolynne Poole.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.