A poptastic conflict between Steps’ career retrospective and Madonna‘s remix collection is developing in the U.K. chart race.
Steps’ Platinum Collection, which compiles the five-piece pop act’s greatest successes, including two No. 1 singles and 14 top 10 songs, is at the top of the official chart update.
With Spectacular (from 1999), Gold: Greatest Hits (2001), and The Ultimate Collection, Steps, which consists of Claire Richards, Faye Tozer-Smith, Ian “H” Watkins, Lisa Scott-Lee, and Lee Latchford-Evans, have already achieved three chart-topping albums (2011).
The Queen of Pop’s remixed compilation Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones, which debuted at No. 2 on the chart explosion, is just behind it.
The diva’s legendary run on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart, where she has a record 50 leaders, is celebrated in the song Finally Enough Love.
Additionally, Madonna received a lot of affection in the UK. With 12 albums reaching No. 1, she has experienced high life on the U.K. chart unlike few other artists and is tied with Bruce Springsteen at the third place all time.
If, or rather when, Madonna scores another No. 1, she will move up to No. 2 on the all-time list, after Elvis Presley, Robbie Williams, and the Beatles, who have 15 No. 1s.
Aitch, a rapper from Manchester, is still on the prowl. Due to streaming activity, the 22-year-old hip-hop artist’s most recent debut LP Close to Home debuts at No. 3 on the chart update.
The Official Charts Company reports that Steps is behind Close to Home on streaming platforms by almost seven-to-one, making Close to Home the market leader in streams this week.
Aitch should make an appearance in the top 10 albums list with Close to Home, after AitchcH20 (No. 3) and Polaris (No. 3) from 2019 and 2020, respectively No. 7.
Brendon Urie may achieve a sixth U.K. top 10 with the most recent Panic! Viva Las Vengeance is an album by At The Disco. It’s on schedule to arrive at position No. 4.
Following the publication of 25th-anniversary editions, Oasis’ record-breaking third studio album Be Here Now rounds out the top 5, and Demi Lovato‘s Holy Fvck, which debuted at No. 6 on the updated list, appears poised to make a sixth U.K. top 10 appearance.
Finally, American heavy rockers Five Finger Death Punch may add AfterLife to their score of three U.K. top 10 entries. British synthpop outfit Hot Chip may enter the top 10 for the first time in 14 years as Freakout/Release, their eighth studio album seems poised for a No. 7 debut. Their eighth studio album is expected to debut at No. 9.
When the Official U.K. Albums Chart is released on Friday, everything will be made clear.