Elvis Presley set to overtake Madonna for most solo UK number one albums

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The late King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, looks set to overtake Madonna and claim the most UK number one albums for a solo artist on the charts.

Presley's The Wonder Of You, which is a second collection of orchestral works of his music done with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, would break the current record of 12 number one albums held by Madonna.

Madonna
Madonna (Yui Mok/PA)

According to the Official Charts Company, the album is leading the way with combined sales at the mid-week stage of 3,500.

The Beatles currently hold the record for the most number one albums by a group, with 15 hits under their belt.

Battling it out against Presley will be crooner Michael Buble, whose new album Nobody But Me is currently in second position, and Lady Gaga, whose album Joanne is in third position.

Music from the late David Bowie could also notch up another posthumous victory as the album for the musical Lazarus, which he composed, is on course to enter the top 10 album chart this week.

The late David Bowie on stage (Myung Jung Kim / PA)
The late David Bowie on stage (Myung Jung Kim / PA)

Former X Factor winners Little Mix are well-placed to hold on to their top spot on the official singles chart.

The foursome, who took to the stage on the weekend at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, look set to stay in the number one position with their new single Shout Out To My Ex.

The song is currently 21,000 units ahead of its nearest competitor, the Charts Company said.

Little Mix (Matt Crossick/PA)
Little Mix (Matt Crossick/PA)

The track faces competition from the former number one song Say You Won't Let Go, from another X Factor alumni, James Arthur, who won the TV series in 2012.

Little Mix have had three previous number one singles - Cannonball, Wings and Black Magic - and if they manage to get their fourth one, they will have the most number ones of any previous X Factor winner.

Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis (Chris Pizzello/IAP)

Former winners of the ITV reality show - Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis - have each had three number ones.