Courteeners are battling Eminem for this week’s UK number one album

It's Liam Fray v Marshall Mathers

Courteeners are vying for the top spot on the UK album chart this week, with a closely contested battle against Eminem for number one currently underway.

The band’s latest LP ‘More. Again. Forever.’, the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Mapping the Rendezvous’, was released last Friday (January 17).

Courteeners face stiff competition in the UK Albums Chart this week, though, with Eminem’s surprise-released ‘Music To Be Murdered By’ a strong contender for number one.

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The Official Charts Company have announced today (January 20) that Courteeners are currently leading the way, with the band a mere 2,000 sales ahead of second-placed Eminem.

Other new releases from the likes of Halsey, Mac Miller and Bombay Bicycle Club are also likely to be in Top 10 contention come the end of the week.

Courteeners will continue their promotion of ‘More. Again. Forever.’ with a series of shows over the coming weeks. You can see details of those gigs below.

January
30 – Club Pryzm, Kingston Upon Thames

February
13 – O2 Academy, Liverpool
15 – Albert Hall, Manchester
16 – Albert Hall, Manchester

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Eminem, meanwhile, drew condemnation for a controversial lyric on his new album which referenced the 2017 terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham was among those to publicly criticise the rapper, calling the lyric “unnecessarily hurtful and deeply disrespectful to the families and all those affected” by the Manchester Arena bombing.

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