Sunday 25 February 2018

Stones on track to top album chart

The Rolling Stones look set to hit No 1
The Rolling Stones look set to hit No 1

The Rolling Stones are on course to have their first No 1 album for 16 years, sales figures show.

A revamped version of one of the band's most famous albums - Exile On Main Street - leads the battle to top this weekend's chart.

But figures from The Official Charts Company show it's a tight race, with the veteran rock act just 1,000 copies ahead of Faithless and their album The Dance.

The album, which contains tracks such as Tumbling Dice and Rocks Off, was a No 1 when initially released in 1972. A documentary about the making of the album is due to be given its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, with Mick Jagger expected to attend.

The Stones last topped the album chart with Voodoo Lounge in 1994.

Meanwhile, Robbie Williams is set for one of his worst singles chart positions as the new version of 3 Lions limps into the top 30. He provides vocals for an overhauled version of the football anthem which is on course to chart at just 29, according to official midweek predictions.

The track also features a chart debut for comedian Russell Brand, as well as the song's original performers Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and the Lighting Seeds star Ian Broudie.

The track previously topped the charts in 1996 and 1998 and has been re-recorded to support the England squad at this summer's World Cup finals. However sales are expected to pick up as next month's competition in South Africa draws closer.

Robbie's last single Morning Sun was his first to fail to make the top 40, despite being the official charity single for Sport Relief.

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