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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 Monday and went straight in at number 1.

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 various music projects across the UK who 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 off 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.

Malone said: "When we started singing, getting a number 1 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 "It feels really good to be Number 1 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 1 album in 19 years with The Endless River.

A spokesperson for the band told "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 2, One Direction's Steal My Girl at number 3, 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 2 in the album char with Sonic Highways, ahead of Ed Sheeran's X number 3 and Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour at number 4. Queen are at number 5 with Queen Forever.


From Belfast Telegraph