Midweek chart update: Bring Me The Horizon in UK chart battle with Stereophonics and The Libertines

Justin Bieber looks set to leapfrog back past Sigala to Number One single with 'What Do You Mean?'

Bring Me The Horizon are locked in a battle with Stereophonics and The Libertines for this week’s Number One album, according to midweek figures from the Official Charts Company.

‘That’s The Spirit’ is the Sheffield five-piece’s fifth album, while The Libertines’ third, ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’, is their first album in 11 years. Stereophonics’ album is called ‘Keep The Village Alive’ and is their ninth LP.

All three were released last Friday (September 11). Read the NME review for ‘That’s The Spirit’ here and ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ here.

Just 1,000 copies separate Stereophonics and Bring Me The Horizon, with the latter in front. Bring Me The Horizon’s highest UK chart position for albums so far is Number Three; Stereophonics have had five Number One albums.

The Libertines trail in third, while Jess Glynne’s ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ has slipped two places to Number Four, and Duran Duran’s new album ‘Paper Gods’ places fifth.

In the singles chart, Justin Bieber looks set to pass Sigala to regain the Number One spot with ‘What Do You Mean?’

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Speaking to NME about this week’s chart, Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes described his band as underdogs, saying of The Libertines and Stereophonics, “They’re not worried about us. But they should be.”

He explained that although he felt ‘That’s The Spirit’ would “be a big album wherever it gets to in the charts,” a Number One spot would introduce the band to more listeners and also be an important win “for rock music as a genre.”

“It’s not an egotistical thing. That’s not why we want it,” Sykes explained. “At the end of the day, I believe this album’s gonna have longevity and be a big album wherever it gets to in the charts, whatever happens to it in the first week. It’s gonna be big and do great things for us. But I still feel it matters – if ‘Sempiternal’ went to Number One, people might have thought, ‘What’s this at Number One?’ Then listened to it and been like, ‘It’s not for me.’

“This one I believe anyone could like. If it went to Number One, we’d turn a lot of heads. It’d be important not just for us but for rock music as a genre, in terms of getting rock music back to the dominant force in pop culture and the mainstream. We’re against big bands like The Libertines and Stereophonics so it’s not gonna be easy…”

Asked his opinion on his rivals, he replied:

“I’m not a fan of those bands but I respect what they do. They’re obviously heavyweights in their respective genres and I’m sure they’re both panicking about whether or not they’ll get to Number One. I think we’re the underdogs, though. The Libertines moved their release date because they were scared of Iron Maiden. I don’t think they’re worried about us. But they should be.”

The UK Number One album will be revealed by Greg James on the BBC Radio 1 chart show this Friday.