The British rock legends’ Greatest Hits package is on pace for No. 1, thanks to a surge of activity around its 40th anniversary reissue.
According to the Official Charts Company, the collection leads the midweek chart by over 4,000 combined sales, with physical formats accounting for 86% of the tally so far.
If it keeps its momentum when the weekly chart is published this Friday, it’ll mark the album’s fifth week at the summit, and its first stint at the top since the LP ruled the chart for four straight weeks in November and December 1981.
With more than six million copies sold, Queen’s Greatest Hits is the best-selling album in the history of the U.K.’s recorded music industry.
Also, it has logged 952 weeks in the Official Albums Chart to date, behind just ABBA’s Gold (1,000 weeks) and Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Legend (984 weeks).
Queen last ruled the U.K. chart with 2020’s Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around The World, their first time leader since 1995’s Made In Heaven.
Ahead of its release, Royal Mail released a collection of stamps to commemorate the group’s 50-year anniversary, and the Royal Mint celebrated the band with an official U.K. coin.