Skepta and Radiohead are currently locked in a tight battle for the number one spot on the UK charts. According to the Official Charts Company, Boy Better Know MC Skepta is in the lead with his latest album, Konnichiwa, but he could easily be overtaken by the British rock band whose new album, A Moon Shaped Pool, is gathering momentum.
The midweek charts place 33-year-old Skepta approximately 2,000 units ahead of Beyonce's visual album Lemonade, which is the nearest competition to Konnichiwa at number two. However, Radiohead have shifted an impressive 15,000 copies of A Moon Shaped Pool since it was released on 8 May. Although currently at number three, Radiohead are a hot contender to take Skepta's crown.
Konnichiwa is Skepta's fourth studio album, released under Boy Better Know, and features the singles Shutdown, Man, Ladies Hit Squad, It Ain't Safe and That's Not Me featuring JME. Fans had hoped that Drake would feature on the record due to their close friendship but unfortunately he does not make an appearance. It is the MC's first album release since 2011's Doin It Again which reached number 19 on the UK charts.
Radiohead's ninth album is currently streaming on Apple Music and Tidal but the band are yet to release A Moon Shaped Pool to Spotify. The music service have confirmed it hopes to obtains rights to the album soon but frontman Thom Yorke has previously spoken against the streaming website, describing it as "the last desperate fart of a dying corpse".
Like Skepta, Radiohead also released their last album in 2011 with The King Of Limbs peaking at number seven in the UK and three on the US Billboard 200 charts.
Current chart-topper Drake has slipped to fourth place on the midweek chart with his fourth album, Views, while soul crooner Gregory Porter is at number five with Take Me To The Alley. The new chart will be announced on full on Friday 13 May 2016.