Mumford & Sons look like returning to the top of the UK artist albums chart this weekend after overturning an early sales lead by Ellie Goulding.
The Gentlemen Of The Road/Island band's Babel, which secured a second consecutive week at the top of the Billboard 200 chart in the US this week, lost their chart-topping status in the UK last Sunday after just seven days to Muse. It then stood behind Polydor act Ellie Goudling's newly-issued album Halcyon at the beginning of this week, accoding to the Official Charts Company.
However, Goulding's album has now dropped to 2 in the midweeks and Babel has narrowly moved ahead of it with Muse's Helium 3/Warner Bros album The 2nd Law placed 3rd. Pink's RCA set The Truth About Love falls 3-4, while there are three other new entries among the Top 10 titles, two by Jeff Lynne. His brand new solo set Long Wave is new at 5, while the ELO-billed Mr Blue Sky - The Very Best Of, which features new versions by him of some of the group's most famous songs, is new at 7. Both albums are released by the Frontiers label. The other new entry is US band All Time Low with the Hopeless-issued Don't Panic at 7.
Swedish House Mafia's brand new Virgin single Don't You Worry Child featuring John Martin is on course to achieve one of the highest first-week sales of the year having already surpassed 100,000 sales with two days of trading still to go. It leaves in its wake XL act Adele's Bond theme Skyfall, which on midweek sales has to settle for a two-place climb to 2. Having debuted at No 1 last Sunday, Def Jam/Mercury Rihanna falls to 3 with Diamonds, while Island act PSY's Gangnam Style drops 2-4 and Ellie Goulding's Anything Could Happen holds at 5. Syco act Leona Lewis's brand new single Trouble with Childish Gambino presently registers as a new entry at 6.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.