Black Sabbath lead Beady Eye in race for UK’s Number One album

Sabbath's comeback album '13' is narrowly ahead of Beady Eye's 'BE' in race for the top spot

Beady Eye and Black Sabbath are battling it out for the Number One spot on this week’s Official UK Album Chart with Black Sabbath’s ’13’ narrowly ahead at the midweek stage.

Liam Gallagher and his band are right behind the reunited Sabbath with their new album ‘BE’ landing at Number Two in the midweek update. At the time of writing, the Official Charts Company reports that there are just 4,500 sales between the two albums.

’13’ is the first Black Sabbath studio album to feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since ‘Never Say Die!’ in 1978. Should the metal band hold on to the top spot, it will be their first UK Number One album since ‘Paranoid’ in 1970.

Elsewhere on the album chart, Boards Of Canada look set to score their highest-charting LP to date with ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’, which is currently sitting in third position. Other acts set to enter the Top 40 on Sunday include KT Tunstall, Status Quo, Mark Owen, Jimmy Eat World and Goo Goo Dolls. The UK’s current Number One album, ‘Settle’ by Disclosure, slips to Number Four in the midweeks.

Meanwhile, the current singles chart Number One, ‘Blurred Lines’ by Robin Thicke, looks certain to stay at the top this week. The track is now on course to surpass the 500,000 sales mark following its release two weeks ago.

Elsewhere on the singles countdown, The Voice contestant Leah McFall looks set to score a Top 10 hit this weekend and in the process, become the TV show’s biggest success story to date. McFall, who is currently the bookie’s favourite to win the BBC One series, entered the Official Singles Chart at Number 16 on Sunday with her rendition of Gloria Gaynor’s 1979 classic ‘I Will Survive’. On today’s midweek update, the Belfast singer has climbed eight places to Number Eight.