Vampire Weekend, Pink Battle It Out For U.K. Chart Title


It’s tight, and too close to call. But there’s a real chance Vampire Weekend will snag their first U.K. chart title, just in time for the weekend.

The indie rock outfit’s fourth studio album Father Of The Bride (Columbia) leads the midweek U.K. albums survey, with the narrowest lead over its closest rival, Pink’s Hurts 2B Human (RCA).

Just 443 combined sales separate the two LPs, according to the Official Charts Company, with Vampire Weekend ahead on paid-for sales and Pink leading on streams.

The Ezra Koenig-led group has never led the U.K. chart, though they’ve got close with a No. 3 peak for both 2010's Contra and 2013's Modern Vampires of the City, their last album release.

Elsewhere on the Official U.K. Albums Chart Update, new sets from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Wildhearts, Lucy Spraggan, Amon Amarth and Ten Tonnes impact the top 20, while homegrown hip-hop star Stormzy is well-set for a second week at No. 1 on the national singles chart.

Stormzy’s “Vossi Bop” (Merky) leads the singles sales blast, with Lil Nas X's “Old Town Road” (Lil Nas X) at No. 2, trailing by 2,400 combined units, the OCC reports.

All will be revealed late Friday.