Gareth Malone and his All Star Choir top the singles chart as Pink Floyd tops the albums chart

by Martin
Gareth Malone and his All Star Choir (Picture credit- OfficialCharts.com)
Gareth Malone and his All Star Choir (Picture credit- OfficialCharts.com)

Gareth Malone and his All Star Choir (Picture credit- OfficialCharts.com)

It’s time to take a look at the UK Top 40 on both the Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart courtesy of the Official Charts Company.

This week it’s been confirmed that on the singles chart it’s Gareth Malone and his All Star Choir that are at the top while Pink Floyd are top of the albums chart.

First up, on the Official Singles Chart, as part of this year’s Children In Need fundraiser the official single ‘Wake Me Up’ (a cover of DJ Avicii’s smash hit) by Gareth Malone and a host of celebrities are Number (1).

The track features the likes of Linda Robson, Mel Giedroyc, Larry Lamb and more has racked up sales of more than 120,000 in the past seven days and was the biggest seller physically of the past week according to the Official Charts Company.

Cheryl loses her place at the top!

Cheryl loses her place at the top!

Speaking to OfficialCharts.com Gareth said: “It feels really good to be Number 1 for the third time, a hatrick! I’m really really happy about it. And to have it for Children In Need is very special. We’ve raised massive amounts of money through this single and it’s just wonderful!”

In at Number (2) on the Official Singles Chart this week is Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ which has once again become the single to be the most streamed over the past seven days, meanwhile ‘Steal My Girl’ by One Direction is at Number (3).

Completing the Top 5 on the Official Singles Chart this week is Cheryl’s ‘I Don’t Care’ which is at Number (4) while Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’ is at Number (5) – both singles are former chart-toppers.

The Veronicas are at Number (8) on the chart this week with ‘You Ruin Me’ while Sam Smith’s latest release ‘Like I Can’ is at Number (9) this week. ‘Blank Space’ from Taylor Swift climbs 98 places this week into Number (11) while Kendrick Lamar is at Number (20) with ‘I’.

For ‘Let It Go’ by Idina Menzel, the track re-enters the Top 40 at Number (28) while finally Brian Wilson and various artists’ ‘God Only Knows’ from BBC Music climbs 131 places this week into Number (39) completing the Official Singles Chart update.

Pink Floyd have soared to the top of the Official Albums Chart

Pink Floyd have soared to the top of the Official Albums Chart

Over on the Official Albums Chart it’s been confirmed that legendary rockers Pink Floyd have soared to the top with their latest release ‘The Endless River’ and have also gone on to become one of the fastest-selling artist albums of the year so far.

This is the first time in 19 years the rockers have topped the charts and ‘The Endless River’ is based on previously unreleased material which was written in 1994 during sessions for ‘The Division Bell’. The album is also their first release since the death of Richard Wright.

At Number (2) on the Official Albums Chart this week are American rockers Foo Fighters with their latest album ‘Sonic Highways’ while Ed Sheeran falls two places into Number (3) this week with his album ‘X’ with Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ just behind at Number (4).

Completing the Top 5 this week are British rockers Queen with ‘Queen Forever’. The album features a mixture of classic Queen hits and three previously unheard tracks including a collaboration with Michael Jackson.

At Number (7) this week is Cheryl with her fourth album ‘Only Human’ while ‘Into Colour’ from Rumer is at Number (12). For Donny Osmond, he is at Number (17) with ‘The Soundtrack Of My Life’ while Machine Heard are at Number (18) and Foo Fighters’ ‘Greatest Hits’ are at Number (19).

Gareth Brooks ‘Man Against Machine’ is at Number (23), Neil Diamond’s ‘All-Time Greatest Hits’ is at Number (31) while Whitney Houston is at Number (33) with her live collection and Norwegian duo Royksopp are at Number (38) with ‘The Inevitable End’.

Finally, at Number (11) is Paloma Faith with her new album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ while James Blunt’s ‘Moon Landing’ also climbs the chart thanks to deluxe editions being released. Check out Gareth Malone and the All Star Choir below with ‘Wake Me Up’.