'FOUR' fights it out with Emili Sande...

Bloc Party's new album 'FOUR' is battling it out with Emili Sande for number one slot.

Bloc Party are back. The band's new album 'FOUR' was released earlier this week and - if not quite a return to their angular roots - it certainly signals a re-generation.

The guitars are back in force, with Bloc Party clearly ready to act as a group. The band dropped by Birthdays in Dalston last night, causing an enormous queue as fans battled it out for a mere 250 tickets.

Now it seems that Bloc Party are battling it out for the number one spot. 'FOUR' sits a mere 200 copies behind Emili Sande, with pre-order sales pushing the indie giants into the upper echelons of the Top Ten. (via Official Chart Company)

The all important weekend sales have yet to be counted, but as things stand Bloc Party are certainly in with a shout...

Elsewhere on the mid week run down, returning metal giants The Darkness sit at number four with their new album 'Hot Cakes'. Pleasingly, Jessie Ware looks set to turn her critical acclaim into a chart presence - debut album 'Devotion' has flown into the Top Ten and currently sits at number five.

The mid week Top Ten:

1. Emili Sande - Our Version Of Events
2. Bloc Party - FOUR
3. Paloma Faith - Fall To Grace
4. The Darkness - Hot Cakes
5. Jessie Ware - Devotion
6. Trey Songz - Chapter 5
7. Aiden Grimshaw - Misty Eye
8. Ed Sheeran - +
9. Rihanna - Talk That Talk
10. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

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