Midweek chart update: Eric Clapton competing with Ed Sheeran for Number One spot

JJ Cale tribute album 'The Breeze' trails 'X' at midweek point

Eric Clapton is competing with Ed Sheeran in the race for this week’s Number One on the Official UK Albums Chart.

Sheeran is currently ahead of ‘The Breeze’ by Eric Clapton & Friends at today’s midweek stage and is on course to spend his sixth straight week at the top with his second album ‘X.’ The final chart placings will be revealed on BBC Radio 1 on Sunday (August 3).

‘The Breeze’ was organised by Clapton and is a tribute to late songwriter JJ Cale, who passed away in 2013. The album features collaborations with musicians including Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, and John Mayer.

Elsewhere in the Official Album Chart, Neon Jungle are new at Number Six today with their debut album ‘Welcome To The Jungle’. Cher Lloyd is at Number 12 with her latest solo album ‘Sorry I’m Late’. Other new entries are due from Theory Of A Deadman (19) and The Struts (34).

Meanwhile, the Number One spot on the Official Singles Chart looks set to go to Magic!, whose debut single ‘Rude!’ is set to climb to the top of the chart, knocking Cheryl Cole’s ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ off in the process.

Further new entries on this week’s Official Singles Chart at the midweek stage come from Bars & Melody (2), Zhu (3), Melissa Steel (5), Bakermat (12), Vic Mensa (22), Naughty Boy (32) and Leah McFall (37).