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Can Will.I.Am and Britney Spears topple James Arthur?

02/01/2013

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Can Will.I.Am and Britney Spears topple James Arthur?

By Dan Lane

After three weeks in the Official Singles Chart Top 3, Will.I.Am’s Scream And Shout FT Britney Spears looks set to mount a last minute challenge to topple reigning chart champion, James Arthur from Number 1.

This morning’s Official Charts Company sales data puts Scream And Shout just over 3,000 copies behind the 2012 X Factor winner James Arthur’s debut single, Impossible, at this mid-way stage. If Scream And Shout can nudge ahead by Sunday, it will be Britney’s highest charting single in the UK since 2004’s Every Time and Will.I.Am’s second Number 1 as a lead artist.

Psy’s Gangnam Style, which was this morning announced as the sixth biggest selling single of 2012, holds firm at Number 3 in its 17th week in the Official Singles Chart Top 40, while Bruno MarsLocked Out Of Heaven climbs two places to Number 4. The Official Singles Chart Update Top 5 is completed by Olly MursTroublemaker FT Flo Rida (5).

Re-entries and high climbers

Calvin Harris FT Tinie Tempah’s Drinking From The Bottle is up 22 places to re-enter the Official Singles Chart Top 40 at Number 21. The duo performed the track on the New Year’s Eve edition of Top Of The Pops.

Florence And The Machine’s Spectrum (32) is up 27 places and Ellie Goulding’s Anything Could Happen (38) climbs 14 places, after being featured during the BBC’s coverage of London’s New Year’s celebrations.

And finally, the Top 2 biggest selling singles of 2012, Gotye FT Kimbra’s Somebody That I Used To Know and Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe, climb 20 places to Number 40 and 14 places to Number 19, respectively.

The Official Singles Chart Update Top 10 is as follows:

1 IMPOSSIBLE JAMES ARTHUR
2 SCREAM & SHOUT WILL.I.AM FT BRITNEY SPEARS
3 GANGNAM STYLE PSY
4 LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN BRUNO MARS
5 TROUBLEMAKER OLLY MURS FT FLO RIDA
6 I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE TAYLOR SWIFT
7 DIAMONDS RIHANNA
8 DON'T YOU WORRY CHILD SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA/MARTIN
9 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL LABRINTH FT EMELI SANDE
10 CANDY ROBBIE WILLIAMS

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