The Script are applying the pressure on midweek chart-topper Amelia Lily in their pursuit of a first ever UK No 1 single by closing the sales gap to just 2,000 downloads.
At the beginning of the week Xenomania/RCA-signed Lily's debut single You Bring Me Joy looked destined to top the chart this Sunday with a solid 36% lead over its nearest challenger, The Script featuring will.i.am's Epic/Phonogenic release Hall Of Fame. However, by the end of business on Thursday that had narrowed to just 4%, according to the Official Charts Company.
The Script single debuted at No 2 last Sunday, equalling their previous UK singles chart peak achieved by The Man Who Can't Be Moved in 2008. They also look likely to pull off the same debut on the artist albums chart this weekend with their third album Number 3 showing up as a new entry at 2 on the midweels behind The xx's newly-issued XL album Coexist. Another brand new album, Columbia act Bob Dylan's Tempest, is placed third.
Other album highlights in the week so far include Coldplay's Mylo Xyloo rising 20-4 after sales lifted 349% following their Paralympics closing ceremony appearance, while there are new entries from fellow Parlophone act Pet Shop Boys with Elysium at 7 and UCJ's Joe McElderry with Here's What I Believe at 8.
With Amelia Lily and The Script at 1 and 2 on the midweek singles listings Motown/Mercury act Ne-Yo has dropped to 3 with Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love) after debuting at the top last Sunday. Little Mix's second Syco single Wings holds at 4 and Atlantic act Flo Rida's I Cry moves up 11-5 in the week so far.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.