Tom Jones is eying his first U.K. chart crown in two decades.
The iconic Welsh singer leads the midweek chart with his 41st album Surrounded By Time (EMI), the territory’s best-seller on CDs and downloads over the past weekend, the OCC reports.
The veteran singer has three U.K No. 1 albums, most recently with Reload, which hit the summit in October 1999 and returned to the top for another two weeks in 2000.
Coming in at No. 2 on the Official Chart Update is John Lennon’s first solo album Plastic Ono Band (Parlophone), which reenters the survey off the back of a 50th anniversary release. The late former Beatles great saw his LP peak at No. 8 following its release in 1971.
Another legendary British act is on track for a return to the Top 5 as The Who’s third studio LP The Who Sell Out (Polydor) blasts to No. 4, just one spot behind the current chart leader, London Grammar’s California Soil (Ministry of Sound), down 3-1. The Who Sell Out peaked at No. 13 back in 1968.
Meanwhile, veteran alt-rockers Dinosaur Jr. are chasing their first Top 10 album in almost thee decades with Sweep It Into Space (Jagjaguwar). It’s new at No. 9 on the chart blast, just ahead of indie pop group Scouting For Girls, whose Easy Cover (Near Wild Heaven) starts at No. 10.
Meanwhile, Lil Nas X is on target for a fifth consecutive week atop the Official U.K. Singles Chart with “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (Lil Nas X). It sits atop the Official U.K. Singles Chart Update, ahead of Riton’s and Nightcrawlers’ “Friday” (Ministry of Sound) featuring Musafa and Hypeman; and Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” (Def Jam) featuring Caesar & Giveon, respectively.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.