John Newman's Love Me Again will become the 12th consecutive No 1 single on Sunday to clock up more than 100,000 weekly sales.
The newly-issued Island track currently leads the midweeks by nearly 40,000 units having been only around 2,500 copies short at the end of business on Thursday of surpassing 100,000 sales, according to the Official Charts Company. His 100,000 plus sales appearance at No1 this weekend will follow similar sales achievements by the likes of Daft Punk, Naughty Boy and Robin Thicke and further extend the longest consecutive run of chart-toppers with seven-figure tallies since January to April 1998.
Newman's closest challenger to No 1 is Thicke's Interscope/Polydor track Blurred Lines with TI and Pharrell Williams as it pushes ever closer to a million cumulative sales. It has already sold another 60,000 units so far this week to hold at 2, while Atlantic act Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX's I Love It drops 1-3. Will.i.am's Interscope/Polydor cut Bang Bang loses a place to 4 as Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith's Virgin single La La La holds at 5. Britain's Got Talent 2013 finalist Gabz is new at 6 in the midweeks with the RCA-issued Lighters (The One).
There are presenty little more than 1,000 sales separating two former artist album No 1s in their quest to return to the top on Sunday. Gentlemen Of The Road/Island's Mumford & Sons currently have the edge with Babel's sales up 284% on the week and moving it 16-1 following their televised Glastonbury headline appearance last Sunday, while Michael Buble's Reprise/Warner set To Be Loved climbs 4-2 with sales up 82% as his 10-night O2 run in London continues. Columbia act Tom Odell's Long Way Down drops 1-3 and Mercury/Virgin EMI act Jake Bugg also benefits from Glastonbury with sales of his self-titled debut up 203% on the week to lift it 5-4. The Editors' new album The Weight Of Your Love, their first on Play It Again Sam, is new at 6 at this stage of the week.
The full singles and albums midweek charts are on musicweek.com.