Sheeran should keep his streak alive. His debut + (from 2011), x (2014), and ÷ (2017), all went to No. 1 in the U.K., as did his 2019 LP No. 6 Collaborations Project (2019).
In a midweek Top 10 stacked with new releases, former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft bows at No. 2 with Acoustic Hymns – Vol. 1 (BMG), the 25th anniversary edition of Spice Girls’ Spice (UMC/Virgin) is at No. 3, and The War on Drugs’ I Don’t Live Here Anymore (Atlantic) begins at No. 5.
All will be revealed late Friday.