Midweek Chart Update: Take That challenge Band Aid 30 for UK Number One

While Olly Murs is set for his third Number One in the Official Album Chart

Take That are challenging the Band Aid 30 single for this week’s Number One in the Official UK Singles Chart.

‘Do They Know it’s Christmas?’, as recorded by artists including Chris Martin, Bono, One Direction, Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran, went straight to Number One last week with sales of over 300,000. However, its reign of success could come to a sudden end with Take That’s new single ‘These Days’ just 1,500 sales behind.

‘These Days’ is the first single to be released by Take That following the departure of Jason Orange and will appear on their new album ‘III’.

Other new entries in this week’s Official Singles Chart at today’s midweek stage include Labrinth (4), McBusted (5), James Bay (13), Years & Years (15), David Guetta (16) and Kiesza (19). New Beyonce song ‘7/11’ is new at 37 while ‘The Hanging Tree’, a song taken from the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and featuring vocals by actress Jennifer Lawrence, is new at 29.

Meanwhile, Olly Murs is on course to be Number One in the Albums Chart with his fourth album ‘Never Been Better’. He is currently 25,000 sales ahead of nearest rival, and fellow X Factor alumni, One Direction and their album ‘Four’.

Elsewhere in the Official Albums Chart, David Guetta is new at Number Six with his album ‘Listen’ while Susan Boyle’s ‘Hope’ is new at 11.

There are a further seven new entries in the Official Chart Top 40 starting with Boyzone, who are at Number 12 with Motown covers album ‘Dublin To Detroit’. Other new entries today come from Jools Holland (17), Dave Arch & The Strictly Band (20), Barry Manilow (21), Mary J Blige (31) and Sol3 Mio (36).