Manic Street Preachers
'Resistance Is Futile' indeed...

Manic Street Preachers could be set to grab their first number one album in 20 years this weekend.

The band's new album 'Resistance Is Futile' is out now, and has enjoyed strong pre-order results and emphatic first week sales.

Pushing its way to the front of the pack, the Official Chart Company report that Manic Street Preachers could be set to clinch a rare number one album.

The Welsh group last hit these heights in 1998, with the release of 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours' - accompanied by the number one single 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next'.

Clash sat down with James Dean Bradfield recently, and he mused on the band's chart frustrations:

"We were kept off No. 1 by Eva Cassidy and – even though it’s a tragic story – that did frustrate me at the time with ‘Know Your Enemy’. I think we’ve had more number two albums than anybody. I mean, ‘Everything Must Go’ sold 1.5 million copies and it was never number one! Fucking insane! So we’re still competitive in our own silly way, and those things do hurt us… but I’m kind of glad of that."

So, will they succeed? Check back on Friday (April 20th) for the final countdown...

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