Bastille and Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds battle for UK Number One album

Lady Gaga set for successful return but not such good news for MIA

Bastille are set for their second Number One album this week, with ‘Wild World’ likely to repeat the chart-topping peak of their debut album ‘Bad Blood’ in 2013.

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds are likely to be at second spot, with ‘Skeleton Tree’ potentially beating their previous best chart position. ‘Push The Sky Away’ reached Number Three in 2013, while ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!’ made Number Four in 2008 and ‘Murder Ballads’ reached Number Eight in 1996.

The first six albums in the Top 10 are all new entries in midweek figures from chart compilers Official Charts Company, ahead of the final charts being announced on Friday (September 12).


Meat Loaf is new at Number Thrree with ‘Braver Than We Are’, followed by The Beatles’ live album ‘Live At The Hollywood Bowl’ at Number Four, KT Tunstall at Number Five and Teenage Fanclub at Number Six.

Also new in the Top 10 are Twin Atlantic at Number Nine and Jack White’s compilation ‘Acoustic Recordings’ at 10.

Wilco are set for their first Top 20 album, with ‘Schmilco’ at Number 14, beating their previous best position of Number 30, set by ‘The Whole Love’ in 2011. Other Top 40 new entries come from Devin Townsend Project (Number 16), Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris And Linda Ronstadt (25), ZZ Top’s ‘Live Greatest Hits’ (26), All Time Low (28), the reissue of New Order’s ‘Singles’ compilation (38) and 67 (40).

The Verve see the reissues of their albums ‘A Northern Soul’ at Number 34 and ‘A Storm In Heaven’ at Number 39.

MIA is set to miss the Top 40. ‘AIM’ is currently at Number 46, following the Number 64 peak of ‘Matangi’ in 2013. Her best position was Number 21 with ‘Maya’ in 2010.


On the singles chart, The Chainsmokers’ Halsey collaboration ‘Closer’ is likely to have a third week at Number One, with Lady Gaga the highest new entry at Number Four with ‘Perfect Illusion’. Her previous Top 10 single was R Kelly collaboration ‘Do What U Want’, which reached Number Nine in 2013.

The other two Top 40 new entries are due from James Arthur (Number 30) and Kings Of Leon at Number 35.