We do not care? The British clearly do. Rex Orange County is on course for a first UK number 1 with We do not carethe English group’s fourth studio album.
We do not care (via Columbia) rules the Official Chart Updateand is set to set a career high for the 23-year-old Hampshire singer and multi-instrumentalist.
Prior to We do not carethe singer (real name Alexander James O’Connor) had a better No. 5 chart with his previous LP, 2019 Ponyhis first with a major label.
Rex Orange County has been a name to watch on the alt/indie scene since 2017, when he featured on the creator’s Grammy-nominated album Tyler. flower boy and broke out with his own single “Loving Is Easy”, alongside Benny Sings. It went on to finish second in the BBC’s Sound of 2018 poll.
His latest effort was inspired by a spontaneous trip to Amsterdam and completed with Sings in just 10 days.
We do not care leads a brand new UK Top 5, ahead of Swedish heavy metal band Ghost, whose fifth studio album IMPERA (Loma Vista) bows at No. 2.
Canadian rock veteran Bryan Adams starts at No. 3 on the midweek chart with So happy it hurts (BMG), his fifteenth studio album. If he keeps his rhythm, So happy would be Adams’ 11th UK Top 10 title.
Scottish alternative rock band Franz Ferdinand lands fourth place on the charts with their career retrospective, Head shots (Domino recordings). If he holds up, Shots will give the band their sixth UK Top 10 album and potentially their best position since 2009 This evening hit #5.
Completing the Top 5 is The Shires, with their fifth studio effort 10 year plan (BMG).
Further down the midweek tally, Liverpool rock the Mysterines arc at No.6 with Unwinding (Fiction); Second set of Ella Henderson Everything I didn’t say (Atlantic) is at No. 7; London-born, Melbourne-raised singer Thomas Headon could debut at No. 10 with his Victoria EP (Warner Records), new at #9; American hip-hop artist Lil Durk starts at No. 10 with 7220 (Ministry of Sound); while the current No. 1, Stereophonics’ Oochya (Stylus) tumbles out of the top 10. Oochya sheets 1-11.
The official UK albums chart is shown on Friday evening local time.