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The Weeknd is racing to the summit of the U.K. albums chart with After Hours (Republic Records/XO).

The Canadian R&B singer leads the midweek survey with his new set, which earns more downloads and streaming equivalent sales than any other title.

After Hours leads the Official U.K. Chart Update, with a lead of almost 6,000 chart sales ahead of the second-placed set, Morrissey’s latest I Am Not A Dog On a Chain (BMG).

Featuring the U.K. chart-topping single “Blinding Lights,” After Hours is on track to become The Weeknd’s (real name Abel Tesfaye) second chart leader in the U.K. following 2015’s Beauty Behind The Madness, and his fourth consecutive top five.

After Hours should get a boost with the release this week of a “deluxe” edition, featuring four new remixes and a live version of “Scared to Live,” captured during his stint on Saturday Night Live, and the release of a gory new video for “In Your Eyes.”

Also, a new collection of David Bowie rarities Is It Any Wonder? (Parlophone) starts at No. 4 on the midweek chart, just one position ahead of Slow Readers Club’s The Joy of the Return (Modern Sky), new at No. 5.

As fans remember the late Kenny Rogers, the country legend is on track for a return to the albums chart. Rogers’ 1999 release All The Hits & All New Love Songs (EMI) is at No. 6 on the midweek chart and could become Rogers’ first Top 10 record since August 1985. Rogers passed away last Friday (March 20), aged 81.

Meanwhile, the race to the Official U.K. Singles Chart crown is led once more by Saint Jhn’s “Roses” (B1/HitCo/Ministry Of Sound), the current title holder. “Roses” is No. 1 on the midweek chart, with a lead of nearly 4,000 chart sales over The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights.”

The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.




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