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U.K. MIDWEEKS: AN "EASY" WIN
10/18/21

Adele, naturally, is heading for #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles chart with “Easy On Me” (Columbia) scoring 70k sales so far. Over on albums, Coldplay are set for the top.

At the halfway point, “Easy On Me” is outperforming the rest of the Top 10 combined and is likely to claim the biggest opening week for a song in the U.K. this year.

Elsewhere on singles, following the release of Music of the Spheres, Coldplay’s “My Universe” (Parlophone) with BTS has jumped 11 places to #4 while their Selena Gomez collaboration, “Let Somebody Go,” starts at #17.

Becky Hill and Topic’s “My Heart Goes (La Di Da)” (Polydor) looks set to enter the Top 10 for the first time at #10, while Dermot Kennedy’s “Better Days” (Island) continues its upward trajectory, rising nine places to a new peak at #15.

On the U.K.’s Official Albums midweeks, Coldplay’s ninth album, Music of the Spheres, has kicked off a bumper Q4 release schedule, which will soon be followed by sets from Adele, Ed Sheeran and ABBA.

Music of the Spheres has shifted 81k sales so far, already claiming the title of the fastest-selling album of the year to date (Dave was the previous record-holder with his We’re All Alone in this Together shifting 74k opening week in July).

Coldplay lead an all-new albums Top 6 today, with the Super Deluxe Edition of The Beatles’ last album, Let It Be (UMG), at #2. Daniel O’Donnell’s celebratory 60 (Demon) is currently at #3, followed by The Charlatans’ greatest hits collection, A Head Full of Ideas (Then Records), at #4.

The debut from South London singer-songwriter Joy Crookes, Skin (Insanity), rounds out the Top 5 while Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes could earn their third Top 10 album with Sticky (AWAL) at #6.