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UK Album Strongly Contends With Taylor Swift's TTPD at Number 1

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By Erika John - - 5 Mins Read
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Taylor Swift's latest album, "Tortured Poets Department '' (TTPD), has quickly become a fan favorite, climbing to the top of the charts with its powerful tracklist and catchy melodies.

However, Taylor Swif faces some stiff competition this week for the number one spot on the Official Albums Chart.

The Pet Shop Boys are close behind with their new album, sparking an exciting challenge for the top spot.

Taylor Swift's "TTPD" has resonated deeply with fans, exploring themes of love, loss, and resilience that connect on both personal and universal levels.

Celebrated for its storytelling, each track showcases Swift’s growth as an artist, blending catchy pop with thoughtful lyrics.

The album has topped streaming charts and earned high praise from fans and critics alike, marking a significant achievement in Swift's career.

Currently, at the midweek point, "The Tortured Poets Department" is likely to hold its number one position for a second week. It launched last week with the highest first-week sales in seven years, making it the fastest-selling album of 2024 so far.

Just over 1,000 chart units behind at number two are the Pet Shop Boys with their 15th studio album.

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe teamed up with producer James Ford for this release. It could become their 19th Top 10 album and their highest-charting studio album since "Very" hit number one in 1993.

The Zutons might reach their first Top 5 album in 18 years with "The Big Decider" (3), while the Top 5 could also include US alt-pop artist St. Vincent with her self-produced seventh album "All Born Screaming" (4) and Jess Glynne’s third record "JESS" (5).


Screenshot of the top 5 charting albums
Top 5 charting albums from the top 10 list | Official Charts


5 Seconds of Summer member Luke Hemmings is on track to achieve his first solo Top 10 record with his new EP "Boy" (6), and the influential electronic duo Justice might reach their first Top 10 album with their fourth LP "Hyperdrama" (10).

Further down, Portishead’s third album "PNYC" might re-enter the chart at a new peak (15) for its 25th anniversary, having originally reached Number 40 in 1998.

Experimental Icelandic jazz musician Laufey is poised to re-enter the UK Top 40 with "Bewitched" (18), following the release of its expanded edition. This album previously peaked at Number 89.

Irish pop band Picture This is on track to hit their first Top 40 with "Parked Car Conversations" at number 21, and Peckham rockers Fat White Family are close to their second Top 40 spot with "Forgiveness Is Yours" at number 28. 

Meanwhile, Def Leppard celebrates the 40th anniversary of "Pyromania" with a new 4CD box set, re-entering the charts at number 33.

Additionally, Liverpudlian rap star Mazza L20’s debut mixtape "Against All Odds" is poised to debut at number 37, while Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s "F**kin’ Up" targets a number 40 debut.

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Who Will Top The Charts?

As the chart battle heats up, Taylor Swift and the Pet Shop Boys might have to intensify their promotional efforts with social media campaigns and special performances.

The next few weeks are crucial to see who will top the charts. This competition could shape future music trends and encourage artists to try new collaborations and styles, as the industry watches to see what captures audience interest.