Harry Styles Rivals Tones And I For U.K. Chart Title

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Harry Styles lights it up in the early stage of the U.K. chart week with his new single, though the former One Direction star is still off the pace set by Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey”. 

Styles’ latest track “Lights Up” (Columbia), his first new music since his self-titled debut album dropped in May 2017, blasts to No. 3 on the midweek U.K. singles chart, having slotted into second place at the close of the weekend. 

As it stands, Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch), a chart record-holder in the newcomer’s native Australia, is on track for a third consecutive week at No. 1, while Kosovan DJ Regard slides up to No. 2 with “Ride It” (Ministry of Sound), a reboot of of Jay Sean’s 2008 hit of the same name.

Also on the midweek chart, Ed Sheeran could snag his 26th top 10 with “South of the Border” (Asylum) featuring Camila Cabello and Cardi B starting at No. 8, while Lewis Capaldi could grab his fourth with “Bruises” (Lewis Capaldi), new at No. 9.

Coming in at No. 10 is “47” (Catalyst) from producer Steel Banglez, rappers Mist and Stefflon Don and Indian singer Sidhu Moose Wala. If the Punjabi-rap tune holds its position when the chart proper is published this Friday, it would mark the second top 10 for Steel Banglez, Mist and Stefflon Don, and a first for Sidhu Moose Wala.

Meanwhile, British alternative rock veterans Elbow take a giant lead with their eighth and latest LP, Giants of All Sizes (Polydor).

It opens at No. 1 on the midweek chart and is currently outperforming the second-placed album, Ed Sheeran's No.6 Collaborations Project, by a factor of 5 to 1, according to the Official Charts Company.

Elbow’s on a streak. The Manchester band’s last two albums, Little Fictions from 2017, and The Take Off and Landing of Everything from 2014, both hit No. 1 in their homeland.