It’s Shania Twain vs. RAYE for this week’s Number 1 album

Dizzy! It’s a horse race for the official number one album of the week. Shania Twain is now leading the attack against Ray.

The Canadian singer-songwriter’s latest LP Queen of Me – her sixth studio album – tracks culminate mid-week. If things go on like this, it will be Shania’s third UK No. 1 record, following her previous chart-topping Come On Over (1998) and her Now (2017).

That said, RAYE is still chasing Shania on My 21st Century Blues, so the deal was never done. The south London-born star’s highly touted debut LP, the parent record to recent number one single ‘Escapism.’, is set to hit number two on Friday.

Scottish indie trio Young Fathers could have a career best this week with their fourth studio album Heavy Heavy (3). Consisting of Aloysius Massaquoi, Kayus Bancor, and Graham ‘G’ Hastings, the group featured their 2014 debut, the Mercury Prize-winning Dead (35), and their 2018 release Cocoa His Sugar (28). has made it into the top 40.

Elsewhere, The WAEVE are about to mark their first official album chart entry as a duo this week. Formed by Blur’s Graham Coxon and former The Pipettes singer Rose Elinor Dougall, the group is aiming for a Top 5 record with their eponymous debut (5). As a member of Blur, Graham boasts ten of his UK Top 40 albums to date.

Following the announcement of her Renaissance World Tour, which will take place in stadiums in the UK in May and June 2023, Beyoncé’s former number one album Renaissance could break the Top 20 again this week ( 19). And finally, Bob Marley & The Wailers’ timeless 1984 collection “Legends” may return to the Top 40(38).

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