Calvin Harris and Emeli Sande are fighting a very close battle to top the UK artist albums chart this weekend with just a couple of hundred sales separating them.
Harris's Columbia-issued 18 Months is currently in the lead, according to the Official Charts Company's latest midweek figures, but there is every chance it will be overtaken come the end of the week by Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events. The Virgin album was the top artist seller of 2012.
A trio of big 2012 sellers are looking to return to the Top 10 this Sunday with Asylum/Atlantic act Ed Sheeran's + up 13-3 on the latest Sales Flashes, Jake Bugg's self-titled Mercury debut up 16-6 and RCA act Paloma Faith's Picking Up The Pieces rising 14-9. All three albums are being discounted presently as part of New Year sales.
Also being reduced in price both physically and digitally, including it one of 24 albums marked down to £3.99 at iTunes, is Columbia/Roc Nation act Rita Ora's Ora. As a result it climbs 8-4 on the midweeks as Bruno Mars' second Atlantic album Unothodox Jukebox holds at 5.
James Arthur's Syco track Impossible is aiming to hold off Interscope/Polydor act will.i.am's Scream & Shout featuring Britney Spears to remain at No 1 on the singles chart this Sunday. The pair keep their positions of 1 and 2 respectively they achieved on last Sunday's chart, while Island act PSY's Gangnam Style holds at 3, Bruno Mars' Atlantic single Locked Out Of Heaven rises 6-4 and Epic artist Olly Murs' Troublemaker featuring Flo Rida falls 4-5.
Def Jam/Mercury's Rihanna could again have two singles in the Top 10 at the weekend with Diamonds up 8-7 in the week to date and Stay featuring Mikky Ekko back up 12-8.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.