Mike Skinner is streets ahead on the midweek U.K. albums chart.
The Birmingham artist and producer, who records as The Streets, bolts to No. 1 on the Official Chart Update with None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive (Island), which takes the lead by almost 3,000 combined sales, according to the Official Charts Company.
If it holds its position when the Official U.K Albums Chart is published this Friday, it’ll be The Streets’ first leader in 14 years.
Skinner has tasted the high life twice. With his 2004 sophomore album A Grand Don’t Come For Free (for which he won the Brit Award for British male solo artist) and 2006’s The Hardest Way To Make A Living.
In second place is Juice Wrld’s posthumous set Legends Never Die (Interscope), the leader on streams in the first half of the week, the OCC reports.
Legends Never Die is on course to become the rapper’s first Top 10 album in the U.K., with three tracks from it poised to impact the Official Singles Chart Top 20.
Elsewhere, Australian rock trio DMA’s are heading for their highest-charting album in the U.K. with The Glow (Infectious Music), the most downloaded album over the weekend. The Glow is at No. 3, based on midweek data.
British singer Laura Marling is looking to extend her Top 10 streak to six with her new album, Song For Our Daughter (Chrysalis). It’s at No. 4 (a digital-only version of the album peaked at No. 22 on the weekly chart after its release in April).
Finally, Veteran U.S. singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright could snag his first U.K. Top 10 album for eight years with Unfollow The Rules (BMG). It sits at No. 9 on the midweek survey.
The U.K. singles chart race, meanwhile, is led by Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” (RCA), with “Rockstar” (Interscope) by Dababy featuring Roddy Ricch and “Rain on Me” (Interscope) by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande the closest rivals.