Midweek chart update: The Maccabees and Lianne La Havas in battle for Albums Chart top spot

The Maccabees ahead by 300 copies at the midway point

The Maccabees‘ ‘Marks To Prove It’ and Lianne La Havas‘s ‘Blood’ are battling it out for this week’s Official UK Albums Chart top spot.

‘Marks To Prove It’ currently leads the way, outselling ‘Blood’ by just over 300 copies at the midway stage. Regardless of takes the Number 1 though, both artists are still on course to achieve their Albums Chart peak, with The Maccabees ‘Given To The Wind’ (2012) and La Havas’s ‘Is Your Love Big Enough’ (2012) both hitting Number Four upon release.

Elsewhere, ‘Communion’ by Years & Years is on track for a fourth week in the Top Five, sliding one place to Number Three in today’s update. Following their deluxe edition re-issues, Led Zeppelin’s final three studio albums, 1976’s ‘Presence’, 1979’s ‘In Through The Out Door’ and 1982’s ‘Coda’ look set to re-enter the Top 10 this Friday.

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The Maccabees recently discussed the process of recording their new album to NME as “painful”, “tricky” and “traumatic”.

“I think if we’d just met each other and decided to do a record and it was this record, or it at least took the same amount of time [as this record], then we would have given in and said it wasn’t working,” said guitarist Hugo White.

Fellow guitar player Felix White added: “Every single week we felt like the album might not happen. In that first year [of recording] we did think, ‘Well, maybe this isn’t working’. I can’t speak for everyone, but I didn’t feel like I was living a particularly anchored existence for a couple of years.”