Fans will be able to check on charts on Wednesdays

The UK singles and albums charts are set to have their official midweek updates published every Wednesday ahead of the weekly Sunday rundown.

Currently midweek sales figures are sent to members of the music industry – but from March 10 a midweek update will be broadcast on BBC Radio 1 from 3:30pm (GMT) to 4pm.

“The launch of this official chart update will mean that, for the first time, music fans will get a reliable insight into how the race for Number One is shaping up,” Martin Talbot of the Official Charts Company said.

Paolo Nutini is currently top of the albums chart with ‘Sunny Side Up’, while Owl City have the Number One single with ‘Fireflies’.