Counting Stars earns OneRepublic first ever UK Number 1 single

In the closest chart battle of 2013, OneRepublic have stormed ahead of midweek leaders The Vamps' Can We Dance to score their first ever UK Number 1 single with Counting Stars.

In the closest chart battle of 2013, OneRepublic have stormed ahead of midweek leaders The Vamps' Can We Dance to score their first ever UK Number 1 single with Counting Stars.

Despite tough competition from new band The Vamps, OneRepublic have stormed ahead at the eleventh hour to score their first ever UK Number 1 single with Counting Stars.

The US band, who were trailing The VampsCan We Dance (Number 2) midweek have topped the Official Singles Chart today by an impossibly tight margin of just 1,150 copies, in the closest Number 1 race this year. The previous record holder was Will.I.Am’s Scream And Shout FT Britney Spears, which beat 50 Cent’s My Life FT Eminem and Adam Levine to the top spot back in January by just 1,400 copies.

Counting Stars, which made its Top 40 debut seven weeks ago, is now OneRepublic’s biggest UK hit to date, beating 2007’s Apologize FT Timbaland, which peaked at Number 3. That said, lead singer Ryan Tedder is no stranger to the Official Singles Chart summit, having co-written Leona Lewis’s 2007 million seller, Bleeding Love, and Ellie Goulding’s recent Number 1 smash, Burn, amongst others.

Meanwhile, Jason Derulo falls two places to Number 3 with Talk Dirty FT 2 Chainz, and Katy Perry is also down two to Number 4 with Roar. Chase & Status complete this week’s Top 5 with Count On Me FT Moko (5). The track is taken from the duo’s new album, Brand New Machine, which is released tomorrow.

New Entries and High Climbers

Matching his performance on the Official Albums Chart with his new full-length The Fifth, Dizzee Rascal enters at Number 10 today with Something Really Bad FT Will.I.Am. Former X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan returns to the Official Singles Chart with a re-recorded version of Last Night (Beer Fear) (Number 18). The original self-released version peaked at Number 11 last September.

Nelly clocks up his 24th Top 40 hit with Get Like Me FT Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams (19), while Fuse ODG scores his second with Azonto (30). Two Door Cinema Club complete this week’s new entries making their Top 40 debut with Changing Of The Seasons (33).

And finally, this week’s highest climber is Jasmine Thompson, who soars 40 places to enter the Top 40 at Number 32 with her re-working of Chaka Khan’s 1984 classic, Ain’t Nobody. The track featured in a recent commercial for supermarket chain Sainsbury's.

The Official Singles Chart Top 10 is as follows. Click here to see the Official Singles Chart Top 100 in full after 7pm.

1 COUNTING STARS ONEREPUBLIC
2 CAN WE DANCE THE VAMPS
3 TALK DIRTY JASON DERULO FT 2 CHAINZ
4 ROAR KATY PERRY
5 COUNT ON ME CHASE & STATUS FT MOKO
6 YOU MAKE ME AVICII
7 SKYSCRAPER DEMI LOVATO
8 HOLD ON WE'RE GOING HOME DRAKE FT MAJID JORDAN
9 SAME LOVE MACKLEMORE/LEWIS/LAMBERT
10 SOMETHING REALLY BAD DIZZEE RASCAL FT WILL I AM

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