Chart battle goes to the wire

Adele is facing competition from Hugh Laurie in the latest challenge to her chart supremacy.

Hugh Laurie used to be English, remember? The actor was best known for his association with Stephen Fry, as well as a few side splitting returns in cult comedy Blackadder (and its numerous sequels).

However a starring role in 'House' has turned the actor into an international star. Adopting an American accent for the role, Hugh Laurie has reached a global audience with the series watched around the world.

A long time devotee of the blues, Hugh Laurie recently arranged sessions with an all star band. Tackling standards such as 'St James Infirmary' Laurie has fulfilled a long standing dream, although the resulting album 'Let Them Talk' has both thrilled and bemused fans.

Well played, well produced and completely genuine about his love for the blues Hugh Laurie has caused a stir. Now the actor turned bluesman is facing a chart battle with none other than Adele.

Ruling the roost in 2011, Adele's second album '21' has already broken chart records. An international hit, the record is currently at number one having only been displaced once in a four month long chart run.

The mid-week figures are in and Adele is tied with Hugh Laurie. The soulful singer is marginally ahead, with Laurie becoming the highest new entry on the charts at number two.

However all that could change come Sunday. The all important weekend figures can make a huge difference, particularly given the demographic who would be interested in Hugh Laurie's album.

Can the actor move Adele from the number one slot? Stranger things have happened...

Other new entries include Miles Kane at number six with new album 'Colour Of The Trap' and Wild Beasts. Returning with their third album 'Smother' the band are lurking just outside the Top Ten at number eleven.

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