Miley Cyrus is heading for her second 100,000-plus week-one total of 2013 in the UK as Wrecking Ball heads to No 1.
Her newly-issued RCA single had sold around 85,000 copies up to the end of business on Thursday, according to the Official Charts Company, giving it a comfortable lead of nearly 30,000 units over its nearest rival Berzerk by Interscope/Polydor act Eminem.
Wrecking Ball will become Cyrus's second UK No 1, coming immediately after the first, We Can't Stop, which led the market for a week in August. It sold 128,159 copies first week and has now reached total sales of around 375,000.
Cyrus and Eminem's singles are among six brand new tracks within the Top 10 in the week so far with Parlophone act Conor Maynard's R U Crazy at 3, Polydor's The Saturdays at 5 with Disco Love, James Blunt's Atlantic-issued Bonfire Heart at 6 and Island signing John Newman's Cheating at 7. Just outside the 10 is Def Jam/Virgin EMI artist Justin Bieber's newly-issued single Heartbreaker. Last Sunday's No 1, Interscope/Polydor act OneRepublic's Counting Stars, is now down to 4.
Cyrus is also leading the artist albums market at present in her quest for a first No 1 in that market with Bangerz around 4,500 sales ahead of EMI act Chase & Status's new set Brand New Machine at 2. Domino act Arctic Monkeys' AM has moved back up 4-3 to swap places with Columbia-handled Kings Of Leon's Mechanical Bull, while Polydor's Haim drop to 5 with Days Are Gone after debuting at No 1 last Sunday. The Top 10 also includes brand new albums from Columbia's Lucy Spraggan and Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic's Panic At The Disco.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.