Look, I hate to break it to you but nothing for now is going to shift Ed Sheeran from the top, meaning his tenth week at the summit is pretty much a foregone conclusion. A new “girl power” remix of Anne-Marie and Little Mix’s Kiss My (Uh-Oh) which (perhaps unnecessarily) adds new vocals from Becky Hill, RAYE and Stefflon Don could well propel it into the Top 10 after several weeks of languishing on the cusp of the Top 20.
Speaking of jump-ons, the much-talked-of Megan Thee Stallion-augmented version of BTS’ Butter finally came out this week, this after she claimed she had to take her label to court for the right to release it. It could well mean the highest new entry of the week is actually a re-entry as the track storms back into the Top 20 after having first peaked at No.3. But the single is actually a bit unlucky here, as it is still subject to the ACR status it crashed to at the end of its original 11-week chart run meaning its streams have half the value of the tracks around it. Without that restriction, the BTS track (at least based on first midweeks) would actually be heading for the Top 5.
Albums predictions are a little more awkward. As noted above, the Bank Holiday in England means that no midweek data was produced today (Monday), delaying the first official midweek albums update until tomorrow. That means there’s no information already in the public domain that I can legitimately share here.
What I can tell you is that in a busy week for new releases You Signed Up For This by Maisie Peters, Screen Violence by Chvrches, Only Honest On The Weekend and If I Can’t Have Love I Want Power by Halsey are all set to be the biggest new albums of the week. To find out the exact order in which they are set to chart, however, you will have to wait for the official update to find out.
Personally, I think Halsey should win the week simply for this tweet from Friday, engaging candidly and humorously with the online chatter about one of the more eye-opening scenes from the hour-long film she and director Colin Tilley made to accompany the female power concept album.