London four-piece Bastille are set to deliver an early success for Virgin Records under Universal ownership as they head for a top three UK singles chart debut this weekend.
The group's newly-issued Pompeii is comfortably at No 2 in the midweeks in the week to date, according to the Official Charts Company, around 7,000 sales behind RCA act Justin Timberlake's Mirrors moving 4-1. One Direction's Syco single One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks), whcih debuted at No 1 a weekend ago, is itself about 7,000 sales behind Bastille at No 3.
Wherever it exactly lands on Sunday when the week's final chart is announced, Pompeii will achieve a new chart peak for Bastille whose current best showing on the chart is 21 with the track Flaws last year. Their first album Bad Blood is releasd on Monday.
In further success for Virgin, Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events looks likely to achieve its 10th non-consecutive week leading the UK artist albums chart. As was the case on last Sunday's chart, behind it at No 2 is Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen Of The Road/Island album Babel, while the Polydor-issued Les Miserables soundtrack climbs 5-3, Island's Ben Howard holds at 4 with Every Kingdom and the collective Atoms For Peace, whose members include Thom Yorke, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers and producer Nigel Godrich, are new at 5 at this stage of the week with the XL-issued Amok. There are also brand new entries presently in the Top 10 from Reprise/Warner Bros's Josh Groban, Johnny Marr with a first solo set via Warner Bros, Michael Ball on USM Media and Rough Trade's Palma Violets.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.