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Children in Need single tops charts

The official BBC Children In Need charity single, featuring an all-star choir of famous faces, has topped the charts.

This new choral version of Avicii's Wake Me Up, sung by choirmaster Gareth Malone's All Star Choir, was released on November 10 and went straight in at number one.

Actresses Alison Steadman and Linda Robson, EastEnders actor Nitin Ginatra, Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood, Countryfile's John Craven, Blue Peter's Radzi Chinyanganya, Bake Off co-host Mel Giedroyc, comedian Jo Brand, footballer Fabrice Muamba, rugby player Margaret "The Machine" Alphonsi, Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine and actor Larry Lamb are among the untrained voices who appear on the track. They sing alongside children from music projects which have been supported by BBC Children in Need.

The track has racked up a combined chart sales tally of over 120,000 in the last seven days, as well as being the most physically purchased single of the week.

The group beat competition from Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Meghan Trainor, Tom Odell's popular John Lewis track and new entries from Sam Smith, The Veronicas and Kendrick Lamar.

Gareth said: "When we started singing, getting a number one seemed an impossible dream, so to see this group of unlikely choristers at the top of the charts today is amazing. I'm so grateful to the British public for getting behind it, and am extremely proud to be number 1, with this choir, in Children in Need week. It's wonderful that so many children helped too, by being on the record."

It is his third chart-topper - following success with Wherever You Are by The Military Wives which took the top spot at Christmas in 2011 and the official Diamond Jubilee single Sing by Gary Barlow in 2012.

He told the OfficialCharts.com: "It feels really good to be number one for the third time. A hat-trick! 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!"

Pink Floyd have also scored their first number one album in 19 years with The Endless River.

A spokesman for the band told OfficialCharts.com: "Pink Floyd is both thrilled and surprised at the level of international interest in this their final album. They want to thank the fans for their support and hope that in some small way, The Endless River has reminded them of the old fashioned joy of listening to an album in its entirety."

The album is based on unreleased material, which was written, recorded and produced during sessions for 1994's The Division Bell, and is the group's first release since the death of keyboardist and founding member Richard Wright, who appears on the record posthumously.

Over 139,000 copies were sold week, making it the third fastest-selling artist album of the year after Coldplay's Ghost Stories and Ed Sheeran's X.

Gareth Malone's All Star Choir is at the top of the singles chart ahead of Ed Sheeran with Thinking Out Loud at number two, One Direction's Steal My Girl at number three, Cheryl's single I Don't Care at number four and Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass in fifth place.

The Foo Fighters are at number two in the album char with Sonic Highways, ahead of Ed Sheeran's X at number three and Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour at number four. Queen are at number five with Queen Forever.

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