Lana Del Rey on Course for U.K. No. 1 With ‘Norman F—ing Rockwell’


Move over Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey wants to try on the U.K. chart crown.

Del Rey’s new set Norman F—ing Rockwell (Polydor) is No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart Update, and is currently outperforming its nearest competitor, Tool’s Fear Inoculum (Music For Nations), by more than two-to-one, according to the OCC.

If it holds its position when the weekly chart is published this Friday, Norman F—ing Rockwell will give Del Rey her fourth U.K. No. 1, after Born to Die (2012), Ultraviolence (2014) and Lust For Life (2017).

Meanwhile, with Tool starting at No. 2 on the midweek chart with Fear Inoculum, the American prog-metal veterans could score their highest-ever chart entry in that market. Their career best is a No. 4 with their last album, 2006’s 10,000 Days.

Ed Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations Project (Asylum) is at No. 3, while Taylor Swift’s latest LP Lover (EMI) drops 4-1 and Oasis classic debut Definitely Maybe (Big Brother) vaults 80-5, thanks to a 25th anniversary reissue. Also, new albums from SLP, Kano and Sheryl Crow impact the top 10.

Over on the U.K. singles sales blast, Ed Sheeran’s “Take Me Back To London” (Asylum) featuring Stormzy is looking to retain top spot following a remix by producer Sir Spyro also featuring rappers JayKae and Aitch. It’s No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart Update, ahead of Kygo and Whitney Houston’s cover of “Higher Love” (Columbia/Kygo) and Aitch’s “Taste (Make It Shake)” (Since 93).

And finally, Post Malone’s new single “Circles” (Republic Records) is on course for the week’s highest debut. It arrives at No. 12 on the midweek chart.