Rihanna's Work eyes number one after sizzling Brits performance with Drake
Published 29/02/2016 | 18:06
Rihanna is closing in on the number one spot on the singles chart with her latest release Work, according to the Official Chart Update.
Danish band Lukas Graham are currently leading the preview of the Official Singles and Albums Charts, with international smash 7 Years.
But Rihanna's Work is just 8,000 combined sales behind as of Monday, said the Official Charts Company.
The Bajan singer has received a boost in sales following her sizzling performance of the track with Canadian rapper Drake.
The duo were a Brits highlight last Wednesday with Work, which is taken from Rihanna's eighth studio album entitled Anti.
They previously collaborated on 2010 chart-topping hit What's My Name.
The Brits saw Adele triumph with four trophies in total.
The London-born singer closed the ceremony with a performance of When We Were Young, and the song is continuing its ascent up the Top 40.
It has climbed five places to number eight.
Another act enjoying a post-Brits uplift is Coldplay.
Hymn For The Weekend, the Chris Martin-fronted band's Beyonce collaboration, is up another seven places to number three.
Rounding off Monday's update of the top five are Jonas Blue & Dakota's Fast Car at number four and Mike Posner's I Took A Pill In Ibiza, currently at number five.
Producer and DJ Riton is at number nine with his Kah-Lo collaboration entitled Rinse & Repeat.
Tinie Tempah has made a strong start with his new track Girls Like Me featuring Zara Larsson at number 15.
Further down the chart, Zayn Malik's new single It's You starts at number 32, and Jess Glynne's latest track Ain't Got Far To Go is currently at number 37.
Manchester four-piece The 1975 look set to claim the top spot on this week's Official Albums Chart with their latest collection, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.
In the Official Chart Update, the Matthew Healy-fronted band is currently outselling the rest of the top three combined, putting them in a strong position to keep the top spot on Friday's Official Chart reveal.
Last week's number one, 25 by Adele, slips to number two and David Bowie's Best Of Bowie collection sits at number three.
Rounding out this week's top five are Justin Bieber's Purpose at number four and former chart-toppers Coldplay, whose album A Head Full Of Dreams holds at number five.
Eleven new entries make up the rest of the Top 40 at the halfway stage of the chart week.
Britain's Got Talent's Richard & Adam are on course for their third top 10 album with Believe - Songs Of Inspiration, currently at number nine.
Thrash metal band Anthrax could achieve their first ever UK top 10 album with For All Kings. They previously peaked at number 12 with State Of Euphoria recorded back in 1988.
Just outside the top 10 are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with This Unruly Mess I've Made at number 11, and Birmingham rockers Magnum land at number 14 with Sacred Blood Divine Lies.
Other new entries come from Game Of Thrones star Raleigh Ritchie with You're A Man Now, Boy at number 27 and the remaster of Phil Collins's Hello, I Must Be Going! at number 32.
Bowie At The Beeb, originally released in 2000, sits at number 40 mid-week.