As Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and the Foo Fighters prepare for a duel at the top of the Official Albums Chart, the stage is set for one of the closest races in recent memory.

As of midweek, Noel’s Council Skies (1) and the Foos’ But Here We Are (2) are separated from the top spot by less than 200 chart units.

Council Skies would extend Noel Gallagher’s unbroken string of 10 consecutive Number 1 albums, both as a member of Oasis and with High Flying Birds, meaning he’s topped the Official Albums Chart with every studio album he’s ever released.

But, as the Foo Fighters’ first full-length album since the death of their drummer, Taylor Hawkins, last year, Here We Are is also one of the most significant releases of their illustrious history. The American rockers, led by Dave Grohl, have five number one albums to their credit, including 2021’s Medicine At Midnight.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Hana (3), the English pop queen’s potential fifth Top 10 record (with the potential to be her highest peaking since 2002 debut Read My Lips hit Number 2), and Bob Dylan’s landmark 40th album Shadow Kingdom (4), comprised of re-recorded songs from early in his career, could round out an all-new Top 4.

This week’s Top 10 debuts include Louise’s 30-year career retrospective Greatest Hits (6), Jake Shears’ second solo album Last Man Dancing (7), and Avenged Sevenfold’s ninth studio album Life Is But A Dream… (8).

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Outside of the Top 10, Nashville-based rock band Rival Sons could score their fifth Top 40 hit with Darkfighter (12), Wrexham indie-pop outfit Royston Club are on their way to making their Official Chart debut with Shaking Hips and Crashing Cars (16), and English singer Baxter Dury is set to make his first Top 40 appearance with I Thought I Was Better Than You (17).

Buckcherry’s Vol 10 (20) is on track to become their highest-charting album of all time, while Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters’ physical release of his 2022 solo compilation The Lockdown Sessions (21) is close behind.

Tomorrow Never Comes (32) by American punk band Rancid might become their third Top 40 collection, while our final new entry of the week could belong to K-pop boy band Stray Kids, whose fourth studio album 5-Star (34) could become their first UK Top 40 entry.


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