Chvrches Leads Maisie Peters, Kanye West In U.K. Albums Chart Race

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It’s tight at the top of the U.K. albums chart race, as the latest from Chvrches leads news releases from Maisie Peters and Kanye West.

Chvrches’ fourth studio album Screen Violence (Virgin) rules the Official Chart Update, and is the best-seller on physical formats in the first half of the chart cycle.

If Screen Violence keeps its momentum, it’ll give the Scottish electronic outfit a first-ever leader and fourth Top 10.

Close behind on the chart blast is Maisie Peters’ debut studio album You Signed Up For This (Gingerbread Man), new at No. 2.

Meanwhile, Kanye West’s long-delayed Donda (Def Jam) album comes in at No. 3, a solid start despite its late release on Sunday (instead of the typical Friday drop), and the fact it’s not available in physical formats.

According to the OCC, Donda is leading on both downloads and streaming, and if it can lift to the top spot when the chart is published this Friday (Sept. 3), it’ll mark West’s third U.K. No. 1 album.

Closing out an all-new midweek Top 5 is Halsey’s fourth studio effort, If I Can’t Have Love I Want Power (EMI), and Becky Hill’s debut Only Honest On The Weekend (Polydor), respectively.

Just 2,000 chart sales currently separate the Top 5, the OCC reports.

Also aiming for Top 10 bows are Toyah’s Posh Pop (No. 9 via Edsel) and a five-disc boxed set of The Beach Boys Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 (No. 10 via UMC).

The Official U.K. Albums Chart is published late Friday local time.

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