Manic Street Preachers and Steps revive 90s album chart rivalry

Manic Street Preachers and Steps are once again competing for the top spot in the album chart.

The two bands are separated by just 3,000 charts sales at the top of this week’s provisional Official Charts Company rankings.

In September 1998 they also competed for number one in the album chart.

On that occasion Manic Street Preachers’ This Is My Truth Now Tell Me Yours beat Steps’ Step One by 95,000 sales.

This week The Ultra Vivid Lament by Manic Street Preachers sits in first place, while Steps’ new release What The Future Holds Pt. 2 is second.

Dark Matters by The Stranglers is on course to finish third while The Vaccines’ Back In Love City is fourth.

Certified Lover Boy by Drake, which topped last week’s chart, sits in fifth.

The final rankings will be revealed on Friday.

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