Drake's 'Scorpion' Set to Dominate U.K. Charts

Drake's 'Scorpion' Set to Dominate U.K. Charts

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He staged a takeover of Spotify, now Drake is taking control of the U.K. charts.

The Canadian rappers fifth set Scorpion(Cash Money/Republic Records) leads the way on the Official Charts Update and three tracks from it are on target to bow inside the Top 5 on the singles survey.

According to the Official Charts Company, Scorpionis edging outFlorence + The Machinesnew albumHigh As Hope(EMI)at the midweek stage. All three of the British artists three albumshave hit the summitof the Official U.K. Albums Chart, while Drake has managed it just once(Viewsfrom 2016).

Scorpionstruck fast and hard, smashing one-day streaming records onSpotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music and setting the new one-week high mark for an album in the United States injust three days. In a first-of-its-kind promotion,DrizzyswampedSpotifys playlists last weekend, leaving some subscribersless than impressed.

Also getting away to a good start in the U.K. is virtual band Gorillaz new set The Now Now (Parlophone), new at No. 4, while Guns N Roses classic 1987 album Appetite For Destruction (Polydor/UMC) reenters at No. 6 following a special boxset release, andnew albums by Bullet For My Valentine (Gravity at No. 7 Search And Destroy/Spinefarm) and John Coltrane (Both Directions at Once The Lost Albumat No. 8 Impulse) are tracking for Top 10 debuts.

On the midweek singles tally, George Ezras current leader Shotgun (Columbia) stays on top while Drake bags No. 2 (Nonstop), No. 3 (Dont Matter To Me featuring Michael Jackson) and No. 5 (Emotionless).

The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday.