Saturday 16 December 2017

Weller and AC/DC battle for No 1

Paul Weller and AC/DC are battling it out for the No 1 spot
Paul Weller and AC/DC are battling it out for the No 1 spot

Paul Weller and AC/DC are hoping to top the album charts this weekend in a battle of the mods and rockers.

Modfather Paul is just ahead of hard rock idols AC/DC, but the gap is narrowing.

Sales figures on Friday show Weller's new release Wake Up The Nation is only 3,000 copies ahead of the Aussie-British rockers new album, the soundtrack to the Iron Man 2 movie.

A surge in sales has seen AC/DC close what had been a much bigger lead earlier in the week.

Weller, who was joined at a secret show this week by Noel Gallagher, has already clocked up three solo No 1 albums, while AC/DC - whose new release is essentially a greatest hits - have achieved two.

Gennaro Castaldo of retailer HMV said: "With so many new acts about these days, there aren't as many classic chart face-offs as we've seen in the past. And it's certainly rare to see such iconic 'heritage' artists battling it out for the No 1 album spot in what might be dubbed a bit of a mods versus rockers contest.

"Ultimately, however, the thing that's most important is that, while both acts have very dedicated followings, their music is now being picked up and enjoyed by a whole new generation of fans."

In the singles chart, former X Factor star Diana Vickers looks likely to have her first No 1 with debut single Once.

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