And breathe… Inhaler fans will have a nervous few days ahead as the Irish rockers take the lead in the U.K. chart race with It Won’t Always Be Like This (Polydor), their debut album.

It’s not even close. At the half-way stage, the LP has a lead of over 7,000 chart sales, and is the market’s best-seller on physical formats and downloads, the OCC reports. Should Inhaler lock up top spot when the Official U.K. Albums Chart is published this Friday (July 16), they’ll become the third Irish group to top the national chart in the last decade, following The Script and Westlife.

Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour (Geffen) dips 1-2 on the Official Chart Update, but remains the most streamed album of the week so far, while Muse’s classic Origin of Symmetry (EastWest/Taste) is on target for a Top 5 return, following its 20th anniversary special release. It’s at No. 3 on the midweek chart.



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