Monday, 14 June 2010
Dizzee Rascal and James Corden score World Cup hit
Rapper Dizzee Rascal and comedian James Corden have gone to the top of the UK singles chart with their unofficial World Cup anthem, Shout. The track is a reworking of the Tears For Fears hit, backed by Simon Cowell.
It is one of a handful of football songs to make the top 40, prompted largely by there being no official England World Cup song. They include the re-release of Three Lions by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds. Three Lions, which was a big hit during the 1996 European Championship, came in at number 10 - up from 53. New Order's World in Motion was in at number 22, with former England manager Terry Venables' If I Can Dream at 23. A re-recording of the Three Lions track featuring Russell Brand and Robbie Williams climbed to 28.
The royalties from the Dizzee Rascal and James Corden song will be donated to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. In the album chart, Christina Aguilera went straight in at number one with Bionic, her first album since Back To Basics in 2006 and since the birth of her son.
The Royal Air Force Squadronaires went up to number seven from nine in the album chart with In The Mood: A Glenn Miller Celebration.
The chart position is the highest for a military band, it was claimed by record company Decca. Sgt Kev Miles, leader of the RAF Squadronaires, said: "It just keeps getting better.
"I'm delighted that the music we're so passionate about has as big a fanbase today as 70 years ago when it was written."
Meanwhile, Alicia Keys climbed to number two with The Element of Freedom and Michael Buble dropped one position to number three with Crazy Love. Last week's number one, Jack Johnson's To The Sea, fell to number six, behind Lady Gaga.