The group's Columbia-issued album Rize Of the Fenix was just a few hundred sales in front at the close of business on Tuesday, according to the Official Charts Company, with Keane's Strangeland dropping 1-2 and fellow Island act Ren Harvieu's debut album Through The Night around 1,000 sales behind as a new entry in third position.
Although only in fourth position in the latest midweeks, having been runner-up on last Sunday's chart, Virgin act Emeli Sande is also in contention with Our Version Of Events. It is about 3,000 sales behind Tenacious D at present and is joined in the top five in fifth place by Garbage's first studio album since 2005's Bleed Like Me. Not Your Kind Of People, released on their own Stun Volume label through Cooperative, looks like keeping up their 100% Top 10 run achieved by their four three previous studio sets.
XL's Adele album 21 drops 4-6 at this stage of the week, while Bella Union-handled Baltimore band Beach House will achieve their first ever UK Top 75 hit with fourth album Bloom, which is currently ranked as a new entry at seven.
Sales of RCA act Rebecca Ferguson's album Heaven are up 43.9% on the week following her performance on Britain's Got Talent, although it drops 6-8, while Asylum/Atlantic's Ed Sheeran climbs 11-9 with + and Island artist Gotye slips 8-10 with Making Mirrors.
Another Island album, Ben Howard's Every Kingdom, enjoys a 58% week-on-week sales lift to progress 21-11 as the cut Only Love moves 80-38 on the singles midweeks, while Epic's latest Glee Cast album Glee - The Music - The Graduation Album crops up as a new entry at 15.
Other albums set to debut in the chart this Sunday include former A-ha frontman Morten Harket's Wrasse-issued solo set Out Of My Hands, a Decca best of from UK Eurovision hopeful Engelbert Humperdinck, plus releases from Columbia's Gossip and Santana and Mercury's Niki & The Dove.
Columbia/Roc Nation's Rita Ora is likely to spend a second week leading the singles chart with R.I.P. featuring Tinie Tempah, while there are only around 1,300 sales separating the four tracks behind it. Polydor act the Saturdays' newly-issued 30 Days is presently placed second, Interscope/Polydor's former number one Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen holds at three and Fun featuring Janelle Monae's Atlantic/Fueled By Ramen-issued We Are Young moves back up 5-4 to swap places with Island act Alex Clare's Too Close in fifth place.
There are two other new releases showing up among the Top 10 positions at this stage of the week with Mercury act D'Banj's Oliver Twist ninth and Polydor's Scissor Sisters 10th with Only The Horses, which they performed on last Sunday's The Voice results show. Def Jam/Mercury's Rihanna with Where Have You Been and Columbia's Train with Drive By complete the latest midweeks Top 10, moving 8-7 and 6-8 respectively.
Syco act Labrinth's Express Yourself moves 34-16 following his semi-final performance on Britain's Got Talent, while EMI's US country act Rascal Flatts are heading for their first-ever UK hit after their track Bless The Broken Road was covered by contestant Sam Kelly in the ITV1 show's final last Saturday. Placed 76th on last Sunday's chart thanks to buying immediately after the show aired, it now climbs to 20 on the midweeks.
Skepta's Make Peace Not War, issued through 3 Beat/AATW/Boy Better Know, will debut in the Top 40 on Sunday, but Madonna's new Interscope/Polydor single Girl Gone Wild could miss it as it is currently new at 49 on the midweeks.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.