James Bay leads UK chart race with ‘Leap’ – Billboard

James Bay can Leap won his second UK album chart crown, although he faces stiff competition from another British singer.

Bay topped the Official UK Albums Chart in 2015 with her debut Chaos and calmand his latest album, Leap (EMI), is in the pole position.

New set to lead Official chart update, with a thin tip. According to Official Charts Company, Leap only 300 units higher combined than second place Harry Styles Harry’s House (Columbia).

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Meanwhile, Afrobeats’ standout Burna Boy could clinch his first UK Top 10 with Love, Damini (Atlantic), at number 5 on the midweek chart. Love, Damini is Burna Boy’s sixth studio album and follow-up to 2020 Twice higherpeaked at number 11 in his career.

US R&B artist Brent Faiyaz is on track to appear in the first Top 10 with Wasteland (Lost Kids), new to #6 on the chart, while Neil Young and Crazy Horse popped up at #7 with Grill (Reprise), a “lost” album was scrapped in 2001. If it stays true to its principles, Grill will give the legendary Canadian rocker his 10th UK Top 10 title.

Stockholm, Sweden’s original post-punk band, Viagra Boys, was able to secure a spot in the Top 20 first, with Cave World (Year 0001), was in 20th place in the midweek vote count. It’s a continuation to 2021 Welfare Jazzranked 41st on the chart.

Finally, America’s Rock Veterans’ Journey is celebrating Freedom (Frontiers), their first new album in 11 years. That was the goal for a 26th place debut, which would be their highest ranking since then. Best songs reached number 12 in 2010 and their best result for a studio album since Rise on Radiofeaturing Steve Perry as lead vocals and producer duties, peaked at number 22 in 1986.

The official UK Albums Chart is announced late Friday.

https://www.billboard.com/music/chart-beat/james-bay-uk-albums-chart-race-leap-1235112446/ James Bay leads UK chart race with ‘Leap’ – Billboard

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