No need to panic. Panic! At The Disco's latest LP holds a respectable advantage over The Greatest Showman (Atlantic) in the race for the U.K. albums chart title.
Pray For The Wicked (DCD2/Fueled By Ramen), the sixth Panic! studio set, is No. 1 on Official Albums Chart Update with a lead 5,500 combined chart sales over its nearest rival, the Greatest Showman (Atlantic) motion picture cast recording, according to the OCC.
Should Pray sit tight when the weekly survey is published this Friday, it will be the first Panic! No. 1 in the U.K., eclipsing 2008's No. 2-peaking Pretty Odd. Pray is also on racing to No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Other sets targeting top 10 debuts on the next Official U.K. Albums Chart include Jane McDonald’s Cruising With (Channel 5), Kamasi Washington's Heaven & Earth (Young Turks Recordings) and Nine Inch Nails’ Bad Witch (Null Corporation). Meanwhile, excitement around the Cure’s career-spanning set at the Robert Smith-curated Meltdown Festival this week in London could vault the influential band’s Mixed Up (Polydor/UMC) record back into the top tier. It’s at No. 9 on the midweek chart.
Following his untimely death on June 18, XXXTentacion’s two albums are likely to return to the survey. At the halfway stage the chart cycle, Question Mark (Virgin) is at No. 6 and 17 (Bad Vibes Forever) is at No. 14.
On the midweek singles chart, George Ezra is firing up with “Shotgun” (Columbia), which improves 2-1 and bumps Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato’s “Solo” (Atlantic) into second place. The British singer-songwriter has never managed better than No. 2 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart.