Gorillaz take early lead in Number 1 album race with ‘Cracker Island’


Gorillaz are looking to hit number one with their second album on Cracker Island in 17 years.

The virtual group of 2-D, Murdoch Nicholls, Noodle, and Russell Hobbs are taking an early lead on their eighth studio album. If it continues, it would be the band’s first chart-topping LP since 2005’s Demon Days.

Meanwhile, LA-born singer-songwriter Gracie Abrams is set to debut on the official album charts on Friday, with her first full-length collection, Good Redance, currently at number two.

Adam Lambert scored his first solo Top 5 LP with High Drama, reaching No. 4 at Midweek. Previously, Adam’s 2015 LP The Original High scored a Top 10 peak (8), but in 2020 his Around the World recording live with Queen topped the charts.

New collaborative project Obey Robots is also aiming for a Top 5 debut this week with its first release, One in a Thousand (5). The duo is formed by pen pals Laura Kidd of She Makes War and Gareth ‘Rat’ Pulling, member of Ned’s Atomic Dustbin.

Elsewhere in the mid-week Top 10, Manchester rock band The Slow Readers Club claimed a career high with their sixth studio LP Knowledge Freedom Power (7), while Scottish singer-songwriter Callum Beattie released his sophomore album Vandals ( 9) was.

South London rockers Shame are looking to score their third Top 40 album on Food for Worms this week (14). American rapper and record producer Yeat is set to debut his UK album his charts with Aftërlyfe (16).

Angel Numbers will present Edinburgh-born indie artist Hamish Hawk with his first-ever Top 40 LP (23). Meanwhile, The Cult’s 1985 album Love could return to the Top 40 for the first time in 38 years. Vinyl Reissue (32). The record peaked at No. 4 upon its initial release.

And finally, Texas singer and rapper Don Tolliver (real name Caleb Zachary Tolliver) wants his third Top 40 album with Love Sick (33). Previously, he had UK album chart success with 2020’s Heaven or Hell (16) and 2021 release Life of a Don (26).


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