Tuesday 17 October 2017

Grenfell charity single knocked off chart top spot by hit featuring Justin Bieber

The charity song for Grenfell has lost its top position in the singles chart this week.

Justin Bieber is featured on Despacito (PA Archive)
Justin Bieber is featured on Despacito (PA Archive)

By Kerri-Ann Roper, Press Association Entertainment Editor

Simon Cowell’s Grenfell Tower charity song has been knocked off the top position of the singles chart by the catchy Spanish pop tune which features Justin Bieber.

Despacito, which also stars Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, returns to pole position after notching up 34,000 downloads and 7.5 million streams, according to the Official Charts Company.

This week’s win over the Artists For Grenfell charity single, Bridge Over Troubled Water, marks the seventh non-consecutive week of the song at number one.

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The artwork for Simon Cowell’s charity single (Syco Entertainment)

The Grenfell charity single did trump Despacito when it came to downloads, boasting a total of 53,000 and two million streams.

The Stormzy-fronted charity song, which also featured artists such as Rita Ora, Robbie Williams and Liam Payne, has dropped from first to third position on the singles chart.

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Stormzy performing on The Other Stage at Glastonbury Festival (Yui Mok/PA)

Ed Sheeran made an impressive return to the album chart this week post-Glastonbury with his third studio album Divide snatching back the first spot.

He closed Glastonbury Festival on Sunday night and managed to beat Friday night’s headline act, Radiohead, to the top of the album chart.

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Ed Sheeran performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)

Radiohead’s appearance on the Pyramid Stage marked 20 years since the band’s infamous 1997 show at the Somerset festival and the release of hit album OK Computer.

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Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs on The Pyramid Stage (Yui Mok/PA)

The Oxfordshire band’s reissue of OK Computer has now landed the second position in the albums chart.

Other bands whose music has received a charts boost following Glastonbury include the Foo Fighters, whose Greatest Hits album has re-entered the Top 10 for the first time since 2009.

Stormzy’s debut album Gang Signs & Prayer has jumped up 24 positions to land in 29th position following his Glastonbury appearance.

During his performance on The Other Stage at the festival the London grime star remembered those who died in the Grenfell tragedy and performed the rap he wrote for the charity single.

Double act LIV’n’G have received their first Top 40 song as their charity single, Smile For Bradley, entered the chart in position number 28.

The song was recorded for six-year-old Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery who is terminally ill.

All proceeds from the song will go to the Bradley Lowery Foundation, which has been set up in his honour.

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