Paul Simon set for first No 1 album for 26 years

Drake on course to remain No 1 single

Paul Simon is set for his first No 1 album for 26 years, according to official midweek sales figures.

Figures for album and single sales since Friday (June 3) show that Simon’s 12th album ‘Stranger To Stranger’ is set to be No 1. Simon’s most recent No 1 album was ‘The Rhythm Of The Saints’ in 1990, which followed 1987’s ‘Graceland’ and 1972’s self-titled album to the top spot.

Drake’s album ‘Views’ is likely to remain at No 2, while current No 1 album ‘The Ride’ by Catfish and the Bottlemen looks set to drop to No 5. Bugzy Malone is set to debut at No 4 with his second album ‘Facing Time’.

Also new in the Top 10 are Dexys, whose covers album ‘Let The Records Show: Dexys Do Irish And Country Soul’ is at No 7, while Volbeat are at No 8 and The Kills are new at No 10.

Debuting inside the Top 40 are The Monkees, whose 50th anniversary album ‘Good Times!’ featuring songs written by Rivers Cuomo and Noel Gallagher with Paul Weller is new at No 13. Tegan And Sara are new at No 17, while Fatherson (20), John Williams’ ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ soundtrack (21), Beartooth (22), Ladyhawke (28), Roxette (31), Budgie (33) and Minor Victories (39) round off the Top 40 new entries.

Drake’s ‘One Dance’ looks likely to have a ninth week as No 1 single, with Justin Timberlake remaining at No 2. In contrast to the 14 new entries in the Top 40 album chart, there are set to be just two new songs in the singles Top 40. Shawn Mendes debuts at No 19 with ‘Treat You Better’ and DJ Khaled’s Drake collaboration ‘For Free’ is at No 34.