Man­ics could top al­bum chart for the first time in 20 years

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

WELSH rock band Manic Street Preach­ers could claim their first num­ber one on the UK al­bum chart in two decades.

Their lat­est of­fer­ing, Re­sis­tance Is Fu­tile, looks set to claim the top spot, ac­cord­ing to the Of­fi­cial Charts Com­pany.

If the band’s al­bum, their 13th to date, can lead the way through to Fri­day, it would be their first num­ber one al­bum since This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours reached the top po­si­tion on the al­bum chart in 1998.

The Of­fi­cial Charts Com­pany says that ac­cord­ing to its lat­est “sales flash”, the Man­ics – who formed in Black­wood – are 4,000 com­bined sales ahead of The Great­est Show­man sound­track.

Aus­tralian pop star Kylie Minogue, who was last week’s num­ber one al­bum place­holder with Golden, has moved down into third po­si­tion on the al­bum chart.

The UK sin­gles chart looks set for a shake-up, ac­cord­ing to the Charts Com­pany, who pre­dict that Calvin Har­ris and Dua Lipa’s lat­est sin­gle, One Kiss, could claim pole po­si­tion by Fri­day.

The song, which last week was in third po­si­tion on the UK sin­gles chart, is 3,300 com­bined sales ahead of Drake’s Nice For What, the Charts Com­pany fig­ures show.

Third po­si­tion on the sin­gles chart looks set to be owned by the tune Freaky Fri­day, from Amer­i­can rap­per Lil Dicky and also fea­tur­ing Chris Brown.

For­mer One Di­rec­tion mem­ber Zayn Ma­lik could be this week’s high­est new en­try on the charts as his new sin­gle Let Me comes in at 17th po­si­tion.

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