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8/30/22

Warner RecordsMuse is eyeing their seventh #1 U.K. while there’s a three-way tussle for the top slot on the Official Singles chart.

Muse’s Will Of The People, their ninth studio album, is also tracking to become the U.K.’s first-ever #1 album using NFT technology; its limited edition Digital Pressing is a collaboration between Warner Music UK and eco-friendly music web3 marketplace Serenade. Last week, Aitch’s Close to Home became the first NFT project to chart.

Elsewhere, Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers (Polydor) leaps 69 places to #3 following the physical release of the record on vinyl and CD. At #4 is Embrace’s How To Be A Person Like Other People (Mo’Betta), which will be their eighth U.K. Top 10 album and first since 2018.

DJ Khaled is on course for a career best with his 13th studio album GOD DID (We The Best/Epic) at #5. Blondie’s first-ever box set, Against The Odds 1974-1982 (UMC), is #11 at the midweek mark. Another blast from the past, Scottish new-wavers Altered Images, is #12 with their first new release in 39 years, Mascara Streakz (Cooking Vinyl).

An Evening With Silk Sonic (Atlantic), the Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak collab, is looking at #13 following its release on physical formats.

At singles, Britney Spears & Elton John’s “Hold Me Closer” (Mercury) and Eliza Rose’s “B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All)” (Warner) are challenging the current chart-topper, LF System’s “Afraid To Feel” (Warner).

Just 1,200 chart units separate the three songs with “Afraid To Feel” still on top and leading in streams. Elton & Britney’s tune is the U.K.’s most downloaded track of the week so far. Spears last hit #1 with “Scream & Shout” in 2012; Elton is looking at his fourth consecutive single to peak inside the Top 10.

The second best-selling single of the week is David Guetta & Bebe Rexha’s TikTok sensation, “I’m Good (Blue)” (Warner), which is on track to debut at #8.

One Republic’s I Ain’t Worried,” James Hype f/Miggy Dela Rosa’s “Ferrari” and Luude f/Mattafix’s “Big City Life” are looking to move up in the Top 10.