Friday 14 December 2018

Paloma Faith set for first UK number one album

Paloma’s last album was number two in the UK.

Paloma Faith
Paloma Faith

By Julia Hunt, Press Association

Paloma Faith is on course to reach the top of the UK album charts for the first time.

The English singer-songwriter’s fourth studio offering – entitled The Architect – is leading the field at the midweek stage, said the Official Charts Company.

The album has a lead of 4,000 combined chart sales and heads up an all-new top three that includes Morrissey and Tokio Myers.

Faith’s last album, A Perfect Contradiction, reached number two in the UK in 2014.

Morrissey’s 11th solo studio album Low In High School is Faith’s closest competition at two.

Britain’s Got Talent winner Myers is hot on their heels with his debut offering, Our Generation.

Former chart topper The Thrill Of It All from Sam Smith is at four, and Jeff Lynne’s ELO round out the top five with their new live album Wembley Or Bust.

In the singles chart, former Fifth Harmony star Camila Cabello is facing serious competition from Rita Ora for the number one spot.

After three weeks at the peak, Cabello’s Havana continues to lead the way at the midweek point. But Ora’s Anywhere is close behind – just 2,000 streaming equivalent sales and downloads separate the two.

Marshmello’s Silence featuring Khalid has risen from five to three and Ed Sheeran’s Perfect is at number four. Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes is in fifth place.

Elsewhere, Katie Melua is set to return to the Top 40 for the first time in seven years this week with Fields Of Gold.

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Katie Melua's Fields Of Gold

Her cover of the Sting classic that serves as this year’s Children In Need single opens at number 10. Performed during last Friday’s appeal, Melua’s song choice was a tribute to the late Sir Terry Wogan.

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