Skepta enjoys Mercury Prize chart boost as James Arthur battles for Number One

Meanwhile, Bastille are on course to retain top spot on the albums chart

Skepta‘s ‘Konnichiwa’ album is on course to return to the Top Ten this Friday (September 23) after winning the 2016 Mercury Prize last week.

‘Konnichiwa’, which originally peaked at Number Two when it was released in May, is at Number 9 in today’s midweek update – up 44 places from last week after a 50% sales spike, the Official Charts Company reports.

Bastille are on course to notch up a second week at Number One with ‘Wild World’, while Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Complete BBC Sessions’ and the Beatles ‘Live At The Hollywood Bowl’ are currently at Number Two and Number Three respectively.


Usher’s latest album ‘Hard II Love’ is at Number Six in the update. If it maintains its momentum, it will become the R&B star’s sixth Top Ten LP in the UK.

Over on the singles chart, The Chainsmokers and Halsey are currently in pole position with their reigning chart-topper ‘Closer’, but X Factor star James Arthur is right behind them at Number Two with comeback single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’. Arthur, who is enjoying an unexpected resurgence following his well-publicised fall from grace, is currently 10,000 combined sales behind.

Meanwhile, Calvin Harris is on course for a Top Five debut this week with his latest single ‘My Way’.