It’s shaping up to be Drake’s week on the U.K. charts.
Drizzy’s new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes (OVO/Republic) is the best-seller on the midweek albums chart, and three tunes from it are set to impact the top 10, including the top spot.
The Canadian hip-hop star’s latest set was the most downloaded and streamed title since its surprise release last Friday, and it’s currently 6,500 chart sales ahead of nearest competitor The Strokes’ The New Abnormal (Cult), according to the Official Charts Company.
If it stays put, it’ll be the rapper’s third U.K. No. 1 album following 2016’s Views and 2018’s Scorpion.
The Strokes’ latest album The New Abnormal debuted at No. 3 last month and could go one better, thanks to its release on vinyl, while Scottish indie band Tide Lines start at No. 3 with Eye of the Storm (Tide Lines Music), which leads all albums in CD sales at this early stage.
Elsewhere on the Official Chart Update, London rapper Yxng Bane could bag his first top 10 with Quarantime: The Lost Files (Disturbing London/Parlophone), new at No. 7, while former One Direction singer Niall Horan is on track for a return to the top 20 with Heartbreak Weather (Virgin), following its release on vinyl. It’s at No. 19 on the midweek chart, after bowing at No. 1 back in March.
Over on the singles tally, Drake’s “Toosie Slide” is overpowering last week’s No. 1, BBC Radio 1’s allstar cover of Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These” (Atlparwar/Columbia/Islpolvirg).
“Toosie Slide” is the leader on the Official Singles Chart Update, as Drake also snags positions 7 and 8 with “Chicago Freestyle” (featuring Giveon) and “Pain 1993” (featuring Playboi Carti), respectively.
A new remix of Doja Cat’s “Say So” (Ministry of Sound) featuring Nicki Minaj could vault the track to a new peak. Its at No. 3 on the Official Singles Chart Update, just one place ahead of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” (300 Entertainment), which is flying up the chart after Beyoncé added her vocals to the track.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.