Billie Eilish’s ‘When We All Fall Asleep’ Takes Huge Lead In U.K. Chart Race


Billie Eilish is on the verge of completing the trans-Atlantic double at her first attempt. 

The 17-year-old Los Angeles phenom is on track for top spot on the Billboard 200 with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Interscope), and the album is sprinting to the U.K. chart summit.

Eilish’s debut album leads the midweek U.K. chart and is currently outperforming its nearest competitor, Tom Walker’s What A Time To Be Alive (Relentless), by a margin of 3-to-1, according to the Official Charts Company.

It’s a similar story in the United States, where When We Fall Asleep is charging to the top and could bow with over 275,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 4, according to industry forecasters. If the numbers are right, the LP would arrive there as the third-biggest streaming week ever for an album by a woman, after the debut weeks of Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy.

Eilish’s big week is reflected on the Official Singles Chart Update, with her new single “Bad Guy” debuting at No. 3 while “Bury a Friend” leaps 21-6 and “Wish You Were Gay” vaults 44-16, a potential new peak, as her 2017 EP Don’t Smile at Me dips 17-23 on the albums list. The midweek U.K. singles survey is led once more by Lewis Capaldi's “Someone You Loved” (EMI), which is on track for a sixth week at No. 1. 

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