Shady’s back. And he’s about to make history. Eminem’s surprise album release Kamikaze (Interscope) is heading for the top of the Official U.K. Albums Chart, for what would be his ninth consecutive chart No. 1 in that territory, smashing the record for the most successive chart leaders that he currently holds with Led Zeppelin and ABBA (with eight apiece).
According to the Official Charts Company, Kamikaze races to the summit of the midweek chart with a substantial lead over the rest. At the halfway point, Kamikaze is some 20,000 combined chart sales ahead of Idles’ second-placed Joy as an Act of Resistance (Partisan), with digital downloads accounting for 60% of its tally and the remainder from streaming equivalent sales. Kamikaze, Marshall Mathers’ 10th album, is not yet available in physical formats.
Also flying high on the Official Albums Chart Update is singer and songwriter Passenger’s tenth studio effort Runaway (Black Crow), new at No. 5, while British alternative rockers The Kooks start at No. 7 with Let’s Go Sunshine (Lonely Cat), their fifth studio set. Aussie pop singer and producer Troye Sivan is on track for his second U.K. top 10 album with Bloom (Polydor), which bows at No. 8 on the midweek tally.
On the national singles chart, Calvin Harris is eyeing his very own milestone. The EDM star could nab his tenth U.K. No. 1 with “Promises” (Columbia), his collaboration with fellow Brit Sam Smith.
The summery tune has a lead of 2,683 combined sales over last week's No. 1, “Eastside” (Interscope) from Benny Blanco and Halsey, which drops into second place on the Official Singles Chart Update. If “Promises” holds on when the weekly chart is published this Friday, it’ll mark Smith’s seventh No. 1.
Em’s Kamikaze also detonates on the midweek singles chart, with three potential top 10 entries: “The Ringer” (No. 4), “Lucky You” (No. 7), and “Greatest” (No. 9).