Thursday 26 April 2018

Streisand set to lose out in battle for top spot on album chart

Barbra Streisand looks set to be toppled from the top of the album chart
Barbra Streisand looks set to be toppled from the top of the album chart

Barbra Streisand looks set to be knocked off the top of the Official Album Chart after just one week as Jamie T and Ward Thomas are fighting it out for number one.

Indie rock star Jamie T and modern British country duo Ward Thomas both have an early lead in the mid-weeks with their records Trick and Cartwheels respectively.

Ward Thomas - 22-year-old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas - are currently in the lead with their newly-released second album, with just 750 combined sales ahead of Jamie T.

It will be the double-act's first number one album if they continue their winning streak, after their debut album From Where We Stand peaked at 41 in 2014.

The coup would also see them become the first ever UK country music act to top the UK charts.

If Jamie T succeeds, however, it will also be his first chart-topper.

The 30-year-old singer-songwriter's previous three records have made it into the Top 10, the highest chart position being number two for his 2009 effort Kings & Queens.

Last week's number one, Streisand's Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, is currently sitting in third place.

The top five is completed with two new entries: Wretch 32's Growing Over Life at number four and Foreverland, The Divine Comedy's 11th studio album at five.

Over on the Official Singles Chart, The Chainsmokers and Halsey's hit Closer is looking likely to retain its number one spot for a second consecutive week after a steady climb in recent weeks.

The US duo's collaboration with the singer has 11,000 combined sales ahead of the chart's number two, DJ Snake and Justin Bieber's Let Me Love You.

Previous number one Cold Water by Major Lazer remains in number three, Calum Scott's Dancing On My Own remains at number four while Twenty One Pilots' Heathens is sticking fast at number five.

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