It looks like Harry Styles will lose his UK Albums Chart title to Liam Gallagher, but the singles crown should still fit on Friday when the actual chart is released.
Based on midweek sales and streaming data released by the OCC, Styles’ “As It Was” (via Columbia) is “spinning ahead” at No. 1 for what is expected to be its ninth straight week.
Styles’ hit from his current #1 album Harry’s houseis already the longest-running #1 of the year in the UK, surpassing “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from Disney’s animated family film Encanto.
Lizzo’s latest single “About Damn Time” (Atlantic) is the next contender as she has her sights set on a new top spot at 5-2; while Cat Burns’ “Go” returned to its top position (4-3 over RCA/Since 93); and Ed Sheeran’s “2Step” (Asylum) could enter the top 10 for the first time (up 12-9) following the release of an expanded “tour edition” of his chart-topping fifth album = (same).
The biggest newcomer in the chart explosion includes Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, who reunite with Young Thug for disco-tinged number ‘Potion’ (Columbia). It reaches number 14 in the official chart update.
The upcoming charts could be doubly good for Ella Henderson, who could land two top 20 singles: “Crazy What Love Can Do” with David Guetta and Becky Hill (up 13-12 via Polydor) and “21 Reasons” with Nathan Dawe (up 22-16 via Atlantic), both targeting new highs.
Two other very different tracks could make their debut in the Top 40, while Kanye West and the late XXXTentacion’s collaborative track “True Love” (Columbia) hits the charts at No. 32, while British punk formation The K* *ts appear at No. 36 with “Prince Andrew Is A Sweaty N***e” (Radical Rudeness), a controversial track released to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The official UK Singles and Albums Chart will be released late Friday.