Florence & The Machine‘s Ceremonials (review) is currently holding on to the top spot by the skin of its teeth, less than 3000 units ahead of Susan Boyle‘s newly-released third album Someone To Watch Over Me (review), which follows her ITV1 special on Friday night.
But it’s not just a two-way battle this week, as The Wanted‘s Battleground (review) is a kitten’s whisker behind at No3 and Cher Lloyd‘s Sticks + Stones (review) is showing strong sales at No4. Coldplay round off the Top 5.
Birdy meanwhile is showing at No9 in today’s first midweek flash, with Andre Rieu at No7.
It’s also quite tight in terms of the singles. JLS are a thin 5,000 copies ahead of Rihanna and Calvin Harris‘ ‘We Found Love’ at No1, but with Rihanna currently top of the heap on iTunes it looks like she might do to the boys the same thing she did to The Wanted’s ‘Lightning’ just a few weeks ago.
In terms of other new releases, the epic chart battle isn’t quite as epic as we’d hoped. Pixie Lott’s ‘What Do You Take Me For?’ is currently sitting at No6, with Loick Essien at No13, Maverick Sabre at No14 and Bruno Mars at No15.
Florence meanwhile is enjoying the X Factor effect, with ‘Shake It Out’s sales enjoying a 267% boost to rise to No12.