"The Glastonbury effect" has taken hold of the UK Singles and Albums charts this week.
According to the first midweeks, Beyonce’s new record is heading for the top spot, all of Coldplay’s studio albums back in the Top 40, and several festival acts are making big gains too.
Beyonce‘s ‘4’ has sold 32,000 copies so far, giving her the Number One album in the first sales flashes for this week. Biffy Clyro are Number Six with their new live album ‘Revolutions – Live At Wembley’, while Jessie J‘s much-talked-about Other Stage set helps her album ‘Who You Are’ back into the Top 10, just above the newly-released CD version of Kaiser Chiefs‘ ‘The Future Is Medieval’.
Mumford & Sons, Chase & Status, Aloe Blacc, Plan B and Elbow also see their albums rise, with Foster The People a new entry in the Top 20 and Katy B‘s ‘On a Mission’ and Two Door Cinema Club‘s ‘Tourist History’ holding steady, while Janelle Monae‘s performance at West Holts could send her album ‘The Archandroid’ Top 40 for the first time, as it currently resides at 37.
Coldplay‘s ‘Parachutes’, ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’, ‘X&Y’ and ‘Viva La Vida’ all make a return, as does Beyonce‘s previous album ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’.
The singles chart sees Example‘s ‘Changed the Way You Kissed Me’ stay at Number Two, with Ed Sheeran‘s ‘The A Team’ climbing back to Number Three. Coldplay‘s ‘Every Tear Is A Waterfall’, having dropped out of the Top 40 last week, powers back to Number Six, with ‘Major Minus’, ‘Moving To Mars’ and ‘In My Place’ also charting.
Beyonce‘s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ is new at 11, with ‘Run The World (Girls)’ returning to the Top 30 and Glasto singalong ‘Irreplaceable’ making a chart comeback as well.