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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Virtual band Gorillaz was leading the race for top spot in Britain's weekly album chart on Wednesday in the inaugural midweek update of music sales broadcast on BBC's Radio 1.
However, "Plastic Beach," the group's third album which features Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed and Bobby Womack among others, is only five percent ahead of second-placed "Brother" by Irish band Boyzone in terms of sales.
Amy Macdonald's "A Curious Thing" was third, according to the Official Charts Company, followed by the soundtrack to Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical "Love Never Dies," the sequel to his record-breaking "Phantom of the Opera."
Rounding out the top five albums at the midweek stage was Alicia Keys' "The Element of Freedom."
The final weekly chart will be announced, as usual, on Sunday.
In the singles chart, Tinie Tempah was on course to reclaim the top spot come Sunday with "Pass Out," with Rihanna's "Rude Boy" in second. Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber was number three with his new entry "Baby."
Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato