Gary Barlow"s Jubilee anthem Sing set to top the charts thanks to sales boost after concert


Gary Barlow's Jubilee anthem Sing set to top the charts thanks to sales boost after concert

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18:16 GMT, 6 June 2012


You've had a good week! Gary Barlow, seen here arriving at the X Factor auditions in Manchester today, is not only tipped for a knighthood but his Jubilee anthem Sing is on course to be number one

You've had a good week! Gary Barlow, seen here arriving at the X Factor auditions in Manchester today, is not only tipped for a knighthood but his Jubilee anthem Sing is on course to be number one

It was one of the highlights of the Jubilee concert when 200 people got on stage to sing the official anthem.

And now, the song that roused the crowds outside Buckingham Palace is on course to take the number one slot on the official UK singles chart this weekend.

The track, called Sing and written by Gary Barlow, is currently at number 11 but after the amazing performance at the concert, sales have been given a huge boost pushing it up the charts.

Midweek sales information compiled by
the Official Charts Company shows Barlow and his Commonwealth Band are
also likely to make it a double with their album holding on to the
number one position.

Barlow
was commissioned to write Sing with Andrew Lloyd Webber as the official
Diamond Jubilee song and it is currently outselling its nearest rival –
Scream by Usher – by a margin of three to one.

Barlow,
who was also the mastermind of the show in front of the Palace, was
joined on stage by many of the artists who recorded the track including
the Military Wives choir and the African Children's Choir and their
soloist Lydia.

The single
also features Prince Harry bashing a tambourine, making him the first
British royal to perform on a number one single.

The album, also called Sing, is outstripping sales of the rest of the top five albums combined.

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Rousing: Gary and the Commonwealth band performed Sing at the Jubilee concert on Monday

Rousing: Gary and the Commonwealth band performed Sing at the Jubilee concert on Monday

It is also the only previous occasion when royals have been heard on a number one album is thought to have been in 1981 when Prince Charles and Diana's wedding album topped the charts for a fortnight.

Lady Antebellum's song Need You Now – which was covered by Cheryl Cole and Gary Barlow at the Palace – has reaped the benefits from the show by becoming a new entry at number six, according to midweek positions.

Chart boost: Lady Antebellum's song Need You Now performed by Gary and Cheryl Cole is a new entry at number six

Chart boost: Lady Antebellum's song Need You Now performed by Gary and Cheryl Cole is a new entry at number six

Other songs from the show look set for more modest positions but saw huge sales rises in the hours following the show. Jessie J's Domino has climbed 18 places to 32, while Ed Sheeran's A Team jumped 77 places to 41.

Stevie Wonder and Madness have also experienced sales boosts – along with a number of other acts – but are outside the top 40 so far.

Sheeran's album, called +, goes up 11 to number two, and Jessie J's Who You Are jumps the same number of places to nine.

Storming again: Ed Sheeran's album + has leapt up the chart from 11 to number two following his Jubilee performance

Storming again: Ed Sheeran's album + has leapt up the chart from 11 to number two following his Jubilee performance