Linkin Park's newly-issued Warner Bros set Living Things has been leading the market all week, but remains just ahead of Maroon 5's new A&M/Octone/Polydor album Overexposed going into the weekend, according to Official Charts Company data.
Linkin Park previously reached number one in the UK in 2003 with Meteora and then again in 2007 with the follow-up Minutes To Midnight, while Maroon 5 opened their UK chart account with two chart-toppers: Songs About Jane in 2004 and It Won't Be Soon Before Long three years later.
Asylum/Atlantic act Ed Sheeran is up from 7-3 at this stage of the week with + thanks partly to coverage of the Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, which also helps the Roc-A-Fella/Mercury title Watch The Throne by Jay-Z & Kanye West progress 20-6. Meanwhile, the two albums that debuted in the top two positions last Sunday have seen their sales fall by around 70% this week, sending Def Jam/Mercury's Justin Bieber dropping 1-4 with Believe and Cheryl Cole's Polydor offering A Million Lights falling 2-5.
Cole's manager will.i.am has every chance of topping 100,000 first-week sales with his Interscope/Polydor singe This Is Love featuring Eva Simmons. The track is presently around 17,000 copies ahead of its closest rival, fellow new release Don't Wake Me Up by RCA's Chris Brown, having sold 83,000 copies so far and should give him a first solo UK number one this Sunday. Having debuted at the top last weekend, Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa's A&M/Octone/Polydor single Payphone is now down to three, while Atlantic act Flo Rida drops 3-4 with Whistle and Cheryl Cole's Polydor-issued Call My Name falls 2-5.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.