Will Young Chases Fifth U.K. Albums Chart Crown With ‘Lexicon’


British pop idol Will Young is on track for a fifth No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart with Lexicon (Cooking Vinyl), while Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Señorita” (EMI/Syco Music) has made a strong start in the chase for the national singles crown.

Young, the 2002 original winner of the U.K.'s Pop Idol, bolts to the top of the midweek chart with Lexicon, his seventh studio set. It’s the followup to 85 Percent Proof, which ruled the Official U.K. Albums Chart following its release in June 2015.

Elsewhere on the Official Chart Update, Bruce Springsteen’s latest Western Stars (Columbia) slips one place to No. 2; Northern Irish outfit Two Door Cinema Club are on track for a third top 10 with False Alarm (Prolifica), new at No. 3; and Lewis Capaldi’s debut Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI) is at No. 4. Mark Ronson’s latest, guest-filled LP Late Night Feelings (Columbia) is on track to score the New York-based Brit a fourth top 10. It opens at No. 5.

Also impacting the top 10 at the half-way stage in the chart cycle is Hot Chip's seventh studio album A Bath Full of Ecstasy (Domino Recordings), co-produced by the late Cassius co-founder Philippe Zdar, at No. 6; The Raconteurs are chasing a third top 10 with Help Us Stranger (Third Man), new at No. 7; and "supergroup" Hollywood Vampires, featuring Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith's Joe Perry, start at No. 9 with Rise (Ear Music).

On the midweek singles chart, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” (Asylum/Def Jam) retains pole position while Mendes and Cabello’s latest collaboration “Señorita” comes in at No. 2 and leads on digital downloads at the midweek point, according to the Official Charts Company.

The rest of the top five is dominated by Stormzy ("Vossi Bop" and "Crown" at No. 3 and 4, respectively, Merky) and Sheeran ("Cross Me," featuring Chance The Rapper and PnB Rock Asylum).