It’s Beyoncé vs. Eminem in This Week’s Race for Number 1 Album E! News UK

The race for the number 1 album in the UK is already heating up; as Beyoncé and Eminem currently face off to see who will triumph atop the Official Albums Chart this Friday.

Last week, Beyoncé recorded her fourth chart-topping solo album in the UK with indebted disco RENAISSANCE, joining Dangerously In Love (2003), 4 (2011) and Lemonade (2016). Midweek, Bey might score a second week at number 1…but she’s got some serious competition in the form of Eminem.

It’s none other than Slim Shady who is hot on the heels of the superstar with Curtain Call 2, the sequel to his 2005 greatest hits compilation Curtain Call: The Hits, which has spent an incredible 512 weeks on the official albums chart to date. .

Less than 100 chart units currently separate Beyoncé and Eminem in our official chart update, so it’s all up to us. Can Bey hold out for a second straight week, or will Marshall Mathers get his 11th UK number 1 album? Keep your eyes peeled on for more updates as they come…

Calvin Harris is also aiming for a Top 5 entry with his sixth studio album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2. The album, which sees the Scottish producer team up with Dua Lipa, Normani and Charlie Puth, could become Calvin’s fifth Top 5 to date, following Ready for the Weekend (1) in 2009, released in 2012 18 months (1), 2014 LP Motion (2) and 2017 album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (2).

ABBA chart mainstay ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits gets a midweek boost as Swedish superstars announce a 30th anniversary edition of the album (6). Slated for release on September 23, the re-release will see the ABBA Gold Collection available on all-new formats – including a special 2LP Photo Disc – for the first time.

Becky Hill’s Only Honest on the Weekend is also set to return to the Top 10 this week (10), already up 16 places after her performance in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final and the release of the all new collaboration from Joel Corry HISTORY. Meanwhile, Elvis Presley’s ELV1S – 30 Number 1 Hits collection may continue to rise as the Baz Luhrmann-directed Elvis biopic wows audiences (11).

Four-piece metal band Dub War could be heading for their first-ever UK Top 20 album this week with third studio LP Westgate Under Fire. The Welsh group, made up of Benji Webbe, Mikee Gregory, Jeff Rose and Richie Glover, are currently on the trail for number 12 after a weekend sale.

Neil Young and Promise of the Real are set to make their Top 20 debut with live album Noise & Flowers this week; an LP recorded during their 2019 European tour (14). Meanwhile, American ska band The Interrupters could mark their first-ever appearance on the official albums chart with fourth studio album In the Wild (17).

Sitting just outside the Top 20 midweek, Heather Small, the voice of English dance group M People, is aiming to land her second Top 40 solo album with Color My Life (21).

Oxford-formed indie rock band Glass Animals could see their 2020 number two record Dreamland re-enter the Top 40 following the release of a special anniversary edition featuring new artwork and format availability (27).

Eight-piece London collective KOKOROCO look set to enjoy their first-ever Top 40 album with Could We Be More this week (28). The rising band will discuss the LP on The Record Club with host Jess Iszatt this Wednesday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth are aiming for a third UK Top 40 album with The Great Heathen Army (30). Meanwhile, Aussie DJ Mall Grab could mark his debut with his debut work What I Breathe (33).

And finally, Tool’s Fear Inoculum could return to the Top 40 this week thanks to a deluxe vinyl release (36). The LA rockers’ fifth studio album initially peaked at number 4 when it was released in 2019.


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