Trip is leading the official chart update and is already the best-selling physical version and top-selling pure first week (physical and digital) of the year to date, according to the charts compiler.
If the album holds up, it will give ABBA its 10th number 1 in the UK and the first studio to top the official UK albums chart since 1981. Visitors, their last album before going their separate ways.
Trip features the UK Top 10 single “Don’t Shut Me Down” (# 9) and previously released songs “I Still Have Faith In You” (# 14) and “Just a Notion” (# 59).
The British have a deep connection with ABBA. The 1992 retrospective ABBA Gold recorded a record 1,018 weeks in the official UK Albums Chart and is one of the best-selling albums of all time in the territory.
Fans will have a unique opportunity to see the band perform classic hits and tracks from Trip, when the digital avatars of Benny, BjÃ¶rn, Agnetha and Frida perform in a specially designed arena in London next year for the ABBA Travel Virtual Residence.
Meanwhile, Sheeran’s latest asylum effort falls to No.2 on the rankings, while Radiohead Kid A Mnesia (XL Recordings), a special anniversary reissue of previous charts Child A (from 2000) and Amnesiac (2001), arrives at n Â° 3.
Pop artist James Arthur is on track for his fourth Top 10 with Everything will make sense in the end (Colombia), falling to No.4 in the chart midweek, and American R&B artist Summer Walker continues her career-high position with Always on (Interscope), new at no.5.
Further down the list, Diana Ross Thank you (Decca) could mark the pop legend his first Top 10 album since 1995 Take me higher. It is at n Â° 6, in front of the novelties of Gregory Porter (Always on the rise at # 7 via Decca) and the eponymous ensemble from Bullet For My Valentine (# 8 via Spinefarm).
The official UK album chart is released on Friday evening local time.