Linkin Park’s records are surging in the U.K.’s midweek charts as fans remember the band’s late frontman, Chester Bennington, who died on July 20.
Nine of the group’s LPs have entered the top 100 in the Official U.K Albums Chart Update, with seven impacting the top 40 and three inside the top 10, according to the Official Charts Company.
The nu metal favorites’ 2001 hit debut Hybrid Theory (Warner Bros) is on target for a career-best chart performance with a re-entry at No. 3 (its peak position is No. 4), and their most recent album One More Light bounces back to No. 5. The former chart-topper Meteora, one of the group’s three career No. 1s in the U.K., is at No. 7 at the halfway stage of the chart cycle.
A pair of new titles are all that stands in the way of Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory claiming the albums chart title: Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life (at No. 2 via Polydor) and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott’s Crooked Calypso (No. 1 via EMI).
On the midweek singles survey, Linkin Park’s 2001 track “In The End,” their first to crack the top 10, re-enters at No. 9, just one slot below its all-time best performance. Also returning to the top 40 this week is “Numb,” which drops in at No. 13; “Numb/Encore,” a 2004 mashup of Jay-Z’s “Encore” and Linkin Park’s “Numb,” at No. 29; and “What I’ve Done,” at No. 32.
Meanwhile, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s global hit “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber is poised to return to No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart just days after Universal declared it the most-streamed song of all time.