The Script, Tones And I lead Midweek U.K. Charts

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Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch) is on target for a seventh week at No. 1 in the U.K., while Irish alternative rock trio The Script are hurtling towards a fifth albums chart crown with Sunsets & Full Moons (Columbia).

The Script’s sixth studio album leads the Official Albums Chart Update with an advantage of nearly 8,000 chart sales over the second-placed set at the midweek stage, Snow Patrol’s Reworked (Polydor) collection, the OCC reports.

The Dublin band couldn’t have written a better script for their career. Their self-titled debut from 2008 hit No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, as did follow-up Science & Faith (from 2010), No Sound Without Silence (2014), and Freedom Child (2017), while 2012’s #3 just missed out, peaking at No. 2.

After bagging two successive chart-leading albums as a duo (Together and Together Again), Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s third LP Back Together (Decca) opens at No. 3 on the midweek survey.

Veteran Australian alternative rock outfit Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Ghosteen (Ghosteen) looks set to re-enter the chart at No. 4 following its release on physical formats, while another act with decades of hits in the bank, Simply Red, starts at No. 5 with Blue Eyed Soul (BMG). Should it hold its ground, Blue Eyed Soul would give Mick Hucknall’s outfit their 14th Top 10 album.

On the midweek singles chart, Tones and I’s viral hit is looking good to extend its reign to seven. The song has led the charts in 17 countries and has now locked up 15 consecutive weeks atop the ARIA Singles Chart, equaling the all-time record set by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You.”

“Dance Monkey” leads the Official Singles Chart Update, ahead of Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” (Warner Brothers) and DJ Regard’s “Ride It” (Ministry of Sound), respectively.