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It really is the Glory Days for girl group Little Mix who are on course to land their first ever number one album. The Shout Out To My Ex singers are currently trumping metal icons Metallica in the race to top the UK charts ahead of Friday (24 November) when this week's winner is announced.

According to the Official Charts Company, Little Mix are leading the UK album charts with their fourth album Glory Days, released on 18 November. Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall have currently sold 64,000 units of their latest album leaving their nearest competition, Metallica, at number two on the midweek chart with their 10th studio album Hardwired... To Self Destruct.

If Little Mix manage to take the top spot, it will be their first number one album with their previous three each reaching the top five. The band's 2012 debut DNA peaked at number three, their second Salute claiming the fourth spot in 2013 and their most recent, Get Weird, climbing to number two in 2015.

Although Metallica may miss out on claiming a UK number one, the band are set to score their seventh chart-topper on the US' Billboard 200 chart. When the new chart is announced on Friday, the metal band are predicted to have sold 300,000 copies of Hardwired, which is their first album release since 2008's Death Magnetic.

Little Mix recently enjoyed chart glory with the album's lead single Shout Out To My Ex, written about Edwards' split from Zayn Malik, which topped the UK charts in October. The four-piece group are now reaching for the stars, revealing that they would like to perform at Glastonbury festival.

Metallica may miss out on the UK number one but their album Hardwired... To Self Destruct is leading the US' Billboard 200 Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Nelson told Metro: "We would love to do Glastonbury, it would be incredible for us to do that. I think we'd be able to get a new audience that maybe we don't have, people who aren't too sure about Little Mix. We could prove them wrong, change their mind."

Listen to Little Mix's Shout Out To My Ex: