Quake charity single top of charts
The star-studded charity single for Haiti earthquake victims has roared to the top of the charts recording sales of almost 500,000.
Helping Haiti's Everybody Hurts, orchestrated by pop mogul Simon Cowell, sold more records in its first week than any other charity single since the turn of the century, the Official Charts Company said.
It notched up more than 200,000 copies in just two days as it soared past Fireflies by Owl City.
The REM favourite, re-recorded with a line-up including Cheryl Cole, JLS, Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, Robbie Williams, Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle and Take That, sold more than 453,000 copies.
Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company, said: "The public have clearly taken the plight of the Haitian people to heart - this record is huge."
Gennaro Castaldo, a spokesman for HMV, added: "For this single to shift the best part of 500,000 copies in just a few days underlines once again the response of the public when called upon to help others in greater need.
"Everybody Hurts is now well placed to generate up to a million sales over the coming weeks, which will not only raise much-needed funds for the stricken people of Haiti, but will also help ensure that their plight is not forgotten.
"It's already the biggest seller of the year so far, and is now likely to go on to be the no.1 single of 2010."
Owl City were forced to settle for second spot ahead of If We Ever Meet Again, by Timbaland featuring Katy Perry. Alicia Keys' Empire State of Mind (Part II) was fourth ahead of Don't Stop Believin' by Glee Cast.