Glastonbury headliners top the album charts, while X Factor's Ella Henderson scores her first No 1 single and Rik Mayall's four-year-old World Cup anthem enters charts following a social media campaign
Kasabian's 48:13 has become their fourth straight No 1 album, moving 70,000 copies in seven days. The rockers called it the start of "the biggest three weeks of [their] lives", citing an upcoming hometown gig in Leicester and their headline slot at Glastonbury.
Meanwhile, Rik Mayall's four-year-old World Cup anthem Noble England has received a header into the UK singles chart's top 10, finishing at No 7 following a posthumous social media campaign.
Joe Morter, the same English DJ who helped Rage Against The Machine beat Joe McElderry for 2009's Christmas No 1, spearheaded this year's #RikMayallForNo1 crusade. "It's a cruel irony that on the eve of the World Cup we have lost [Rik]," Morter told the Evening Standard; the chart bid is a "way of displaying respect", he said, and "a great thing for Rik's memory".
Mayall's track, Noble England, was originally released for South Africa's World Cup in 2010. The Young Ones star said at the time that he hoped it would go to No 1. "I'm doing my bit, just like every other Englishman,” he explained. "As we stand shoulder-to-shoulder, doing our bit, stiff upper lip – apart from when you’re screaming out the lyrics to Noble England." That year, Noble England didn't even crack the UK's top 100.
This time around, Mayall's song has benefited from the outpouring of love and grief which has followed the comedian's death, at age 56. But Noble England also received a boost from the sheer lack of competition. In light of Gary Barlow's tax-dodge controversy, there is no official anthem for England's 2014 squad. Football supporters have rallied instead around tunes like Lily Allen's Bass Like Home, the 1996 anthem Three Lions, and, above all, Mayall's "lost" classic. The 2014 World Cup's overall official song, performed by Jennifer Lopez, Claudia Leitte and Pitbull, is stranded way back at No 29.
Besides Mayall's posthumous success, this week's singles chart also saw a big win for Ella Henderson, who competed on the 2012 series of X Factor. Ghost, co-written with OneRepublic hitmaker Ryan Tedder, debuted at the top of the charts. Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran's Sing fell one place to No 2, followed by Tiësto's new dance track Wasted.
Official singles chart top five:
1. Ella Henderson - Ghost
2. Ed Sheeran - Sing
3. Tiësto ft Matthew Koma- Wasted
4. Sam Smith - Stay With Me
5. Mr Probz - Waves
Official albums chart top five:
1. Kasabian - 48:13
2. Coldplay - Ghost Stories
3. Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
4. Jack White - Lazaretto
5. Passenger - Whispers
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