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07 September 2021

Iron Maiden And Drake Do Battle For UK Number One Album Slot

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Iron Maiden and Drake are going head-to-head for the UK Number One album this week, as they release highly-anticipated new records.

The metal icons released new album Senjutsu on Friday, 3 September, the same day that Drake dropped the highly-anticipated Certified Lover Boy.

According to the Official Charts’ midweek update, Maiden currently lead drake by 8,000 sales, with the metal band leading on physical sales and downloads, while Certified Lover Boy has gained significantly more streams.

Little Simz currently sits at Number Three in the midweeks with the five-star Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, with other new entries in the Top 10 include The Wildhearts at Number Four, while ABBA‘s recent reunion tour and album announcement has their Greatest Hits album Gold back in the Top 10 at Number Six as things stand.

NME‘s reviews of Iron Maiden and Drake’s new albums had significantly differing opinions. While calling Senjutsu “an imaginative instant classic” in a four-star review, Certified Lover Boy was labelled “a boring, bloated disappointment.”

Elsewhere in Iron Maiden news, frontman Bruce Dickinson has opened up on his battle with COVID-19.

The Iron Maiden frontman contracted the coronavirus last month, despite having received both doses of the vaccine. He’d taken a test after feeling “a bit groggy” but believed he would’ve been in “serious trouble” had he not been inoculated.

Dickinson tested positive for coronavirus days after a positive case in his household forced him to a cancel a spoken-word tour of the UK.

Dickinson subsequently urged fans to “get vaccinated”, reasoning: “And if you do get sick, you won’t get that sick. It’ll just be like a mild case of the flu.”

He added: “Personally, I think people are just very badly advised if they don’t go and get themselves double jabbed as quickly as possible, not for the reasons of going into concerts, but for their own health.

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