Liam Gallagher is definitely maybe the next U.K. chart king. The veteran British rocker’s latest solo album Why Me? Why Not? (Warner Records) is far-and-away the best-seller in the early stages of the U.K. chart week, and is favorite to claim the title.
Why Me? Why Not is No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart Update, and it’s currently outperforming the rest of the top 5 combined, according to the OCC.
The Manchester legend knows the way to the top only too well. His previous solo album, 2017’s As You Were, went to No. 1, as did eight albums with Oasis, which disbanded in 2009. Gallagher’s two LPs with Beady Eye, Different Gear Still Speeding (Beady Eye) and BE (Columbia), went to No. 3 and No. 2, respectively.
Also aiming high this week is Keane, whose comeback album Cause and Effect (Island) opens at No. 2 on the midweek chart, while U.S. rock trio Blink-182 nab a No. 3 debut with Nine (Columbia), their eighth studio album.
Meanwhile, Dave’s former No. 1 Psychodrama (Dave Neighbourhood) flies 62- 9 following its Mercury Music Prize win last week. The album hasn’t impacted the top 10 since April.
On the midweek U.K. singles survey, Ed Sheeran and Stormzy’s collaboration “Take Me Back To London” (Asylum) appears set to hold No. 1 for a fifth week while Australian chart record-holder Tones And I sees her tune “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch) crack the top 10 for the first time, rising to No. 7.
The U.K. singles and albums charts are published late Friday local time.