Drake is off to the races in the U.K. with For All The Dogs (via OVO/Republic Records).
The Canadian hip-hop giant leads the midweek chart, and appears set to score his sixth U.K. No. 1 — and second in less than a year, following 2022’s collaborative effort Her Loss with 21 Savage.
Drizzy’s delayed eighth solo studio dropped at 6am ET last Friday, Oct. 6, the culmination of nearly 10 months of teasing and delays.
Spread across 23 songs, the LP features assists from SZA, J. Cole, Chief Keef, Sexyy Red, Snoop Dogg, Sade, Teezo Touchdown, Bad Bunny, Yeat, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty and PARTYNEXTDOOR. His U.K. albums chart leaders to date include Views (2016), Scorpion (2018), Dark Lane Demo Tapes (2020) and Certified Lover Boy (2021); his last solo full-length recording, Honestly, Nevermind, peaked at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart in June 2022.
Eyeing a No. 2 debut on the national survey is Nines with Crop Circle 3 (Zino). If it holds its course, Crop Circle 3 would become the British rapper’s second top 10 album in less than six months, after Crop Circle 2 hit No. 2 in May.
Roger Waters’ Dark Side of the Moon Redux (Cooking Vinyl) has come into view on the midweek chart, and is set to spin in at No. 3. The reissue celebrates the legacy of Pink Floyd’s masterpiece Dark Side Of The Moon from 1973, which has logged 560 weeks on national chart and is recognized as one of the most successful British albums of all time.
Pink Floyd has six U.K. No. 1 albums, though Dark Side isn’t one of them; it peaked at No. 2 in 1973.
Completing an all-new top four on the Official Chart Update is Sufjan Stevens’ Javelin (Asthmatic Kitty). If Javelin flies in at No. 4, it would give the veteran U.S. indie singer and songwriter his career best chart position in the U.K., bettering the No. 6 for 2015’s Carrie & Lowell.
Finally, Joel Corry‘s Another Friday Night (Atlantic) is set for a new peak position, up 45-6 on the chart blast, while new releases from Stornoway (Dig The Mountain! at No. 14 via Cooking Vinyl), MC Slim (Still Working 2 at No. 16 via Warner Records) and Joe Bonamassa (Blues Deluxe: Volume 2 at No. 19 via Provogue) should land U.K. top 40 debuts.
All will be revealed when the Official U.K. Albums Chart is published late Friday, Oct. 13.
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