Golden: Kylie Minogue set for first number one album in almost a decade
Kylie Minogue’s country-inspired return to music is set to be her first chart-topping album in years.
Golden, Kylie’s 14th studio album, is streets ahead of rivals in the mid-week charts.
It looks set to be her first number one album since 2010, when Aphrodite went in at number one, according to the Official Charts Company.
The album has shifted three times as many copies as its nearest rival, Thirty Seconds to Mars, whose album is currently at number two.
Film soundtrack The Greatest Showman has been number one every week of 2018, aside from one week when George Ezra took the top spot.
Kylie’s first Number one album was her self-titled debut, which hit the helm of the Official Albums Chart way back in 1988, becoming the best-selling album of that year.
She also scored Number ones with Enjoy Yourself (1989), Greatest Hits (1992), Fever (2001) and Aphrodite (2010).
The lead single from the new album, Dancing, which she performed at London’s G-A-Y last weekend, is at number 16 after it became her 50th top 40 single.
Stop Me From Falling, also from the new album, is currently at Number 38.
The chart success comes after Kylie opened up about a string of personal struggles since she last released new music.
She told gay magazine Attitude: “There are a lot of voices in my head. I guess part of that is our brains, they’re problem solvers, tick tick tick tick tick…
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“[When I’m feeling anxious] I put the kettle on and make a cup of tea… But if I knew the answer I would do it and I would have no anxiety.
“They say that the fast track to happiness is gratitude and it’s true, just think that thought.”
Kylie’s latest album comes on the back of her split from English actor Joshua Sasse, 30, who she was set to marry, after reports he cheated on her with an actress.
In a candid interview she confessed: “I was a bit broken, I wasn’t feeling very strong at a certain point, and we’ve all been there, we know what that’s like.
“But I tend to bounce back pretty quickly, I’m pragmatic about stuff.
“It’s looking rationally, with heart, with humour, to where I’m at… I hope you can feel on the album there’s no blame, I’m not hanging on to anything.”