Imagine John Lennon returning to No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart. It could happen.
Just days after what would have been his 80th birthday, the late Beatles legend is challenging for the crown with Gimme Some Truth (Apple Corps), a new hits collection produced by his widow Yoko and son Sean.
Gimme Some Truth is at No. 3 on the midweek chart, just 364 combined sales adrift from the leader, Scottish group Travis’s 10 Songs (BMG), which leads the way on sales (physical and digital) so far.
Lennon has three No. 1s as a solo artist, and a whopping 16 with the Beatles, more than any act in Official Chart history.
If Travis hold on, it’ll give the four-piece their first No. 1 in almost two decades. All but one of the band’s eight previous albums have cracked the Top 5 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart.
At the midweek stage, North London rapper Headie One holds the No. 2 position with his debut studio album Edna (Relentless), the market leader on streams.
Further down the list, Queen + Adam Lambert’s Live Around The World (EMI) slips 1-4, and Brit Award-nominees D-Block Europe are at No. 5 with their debut The Blue Print – Us vs Them (D-Block Europe), while new releases from classic British bands Tears For Fears, Dire Straits, Iron Maiden and Suede are set for Top 10 entries.
Several ‘80s albums are set to impact the chart, thanks to last Saturday’s National Album Day, which cast the spotlight on a string of LPs from the 1980s with colored vinyl reissues and compilation releases.
They include Ultravox’s Vienna (No. 14 via Chrysalis); The Stone Roses’ self-titled LP (No. 19 via Silvertone); UB40’s The Essential (No. 26); Duran Duran’s self-titled debut (No. 27 via Parlophone); and ABC’s The Essential (No. 39 via Spectrum Music).
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.