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Could Gangnam Style hit Number 1 on Sunday?

21/09/2012

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Could Gangnam Style hit Number 1 on Sunday?

By Dan Lane

With over 227 million video views on YouTube, and celebrity endorsements from the likes of Justin Bieber and Britney Spears, Gangnam Style by South Korean rapper Psy has become a hit all around the world. The UK seems to be in the throes of Gangnam Style-fever, with sales currently surging it's not out of the realms of possibility that the track could hit Number 1 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart this weekend, too.

On Sunday (September 16) Gangnam Style finally broke into the Official Singles Chart Top 40, hitting Number 37 four weeks after its UK release. In Wednesday’s Official Chart Update, the track surged up 21 places to Number 16. Today (Friday, September 21) it has climbed even further, smashing into the Top 10 at Number 6.

According to the Official Charts Company’s latest sales data, Gangnam Style is just 22,000 copies behind mid-week leaders The Script and Will.I.Am’s Hall Of Fame. And with sales of Gangnam Style accelerating by an average of 20% each day this week, and Friday and Saturday's sales still to be counted, could Psy become the first ever K-pop star to hit Number 1 in the UK?

The Official Singles Chart is the industry standard chart, based purely on record sales. Sales are counted from 00:01 on Sunday until midnight on Saturday. The final Top 100 chart will be revealed on www.officialcharts.com on Sunday at 7pm, join BBC Radio 1 as they count down the Top 40 from 4pm. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates!

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