The metal stars are holding off stern competition from The Strokes, New Order, Five, Bjork and Mercury Rev...

SLIPKNOT, BJORK, FIVE, NEW ORDER, THE STROKES and MERCURY REV all release albums this week in what is set to be the biggest week of the year for albums.

All the artists are looking to knock Staind‘s ‘Break The Cycle’ from the top of the UK album charts.

A spokesperson for HMV in London told NME.COM that Slipknot‘s album ‘Iowa’ is currently the biggest selling album in their stores and a likely candidate for Number One, but warned that Five‘s album ‘Kingsize’ is likely to sell well in other outlets, such as Woolworths, that have a more family orientated slant to their sales.


He commented: “Slipknot are outselling The Strokes at a rate of 4 copies to 3 at HMV, and both are selling extremely well. Five‘s sales will increase towards the end of the week and will move into contention, both Slipknot and The Strokes had massive first day sales because of the loyalty of their fans.”

Other albums that are likely to feature in the Top Ten this coming Sunday (September 2) include Bjork‘s ‘Vespertine’, New Order‘s ‘Get Ready’ and Mercury Rev‘s ‘All Is Dream’. Official midweek sales figures are likely to be published tomorrow (August 29), as Monday (27) was a bank holiday in the UK.