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TOP 50 HOLIDAY SONGS: A MERRY LOT
It's the most wonderful time of the year. (12/7a)
HITS LIST: LABELED
WITH LOVE
Long live Hitsville USA. (12/6a)
NEW LEADERS AT COLUMBIA U.K.
The post-Ferdy era begins. (12/6a)
JIM STEWART,
1930-2022
Remembering an indie-label legend. (12/6a)
GRAMMY NOMS:
THE LIST
For your consideration (12/6a)
GRAMMY HANDICAPPING
Who's likely to win in the major categories? We have no idea.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
TRUMP CORP II
Totally less fraudulent than Trump Corp.
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
Blighty Beat
U.K. MIDWEEKS: POWER TO THE PEOPLE
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.