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Gangnam Style conquers the UK, officially.

30/09/2012

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Psy Gangnam

By Lauren Kreisler

He’s done it! Gangnam Style fever has swept the globe this month and today officially conquers the UK, galloping all the way to Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart.

It has been a remarkable few weeks for the South Korean singer, amassing 325 million hits on YouTube, international mega stars such as Britney Spears declaring her love for the video and learning the comic horse-riding dance on the Ellen Show in the US. Even music mogul Simon Cowell described Psy as “brilliant”.

Here in the UK Gangnam Style has been on a six week journey up through the Official Singles Chart, where last weekend it entered the Top 5. Sales this week surged by 73% to push the Korean YouTube phenomenon all the way to the top, toppling The Script by a comfortable margin of 26,000 copies. In doing so, Psy gives the UK its first ever K-Pop Number 1.

A proud Psy today reveals his plans to celebrate by paying the UK a visit very soon, the K-pop singer told OfficialCharts.com "Thanks to all the UK fans out there for supporting me and 'Gangnam Style.' Guess what? I am coming!"

The Script bump down one place to Number 2, while Flo Rida climbs six places to Number 3 with I Cry. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together is the Taylor Swift track that topped the Official Streaming Chart earlier this month and its popularity shows little sign of waning as Swift continues her singles ascent too, up two places this week to Number 4. The Top 5 is completed by Ne-Yo’s Let Me Love You.

New entries

The week’s highest new entry is DJ Fresh FT Ravaughn’s The Feeling at Number 13. The track is the fourth single taken from the DJ and producer’s forthcoming debut album Nextlevelism. The album will feature his two previous Number 1 singles, Louder and Hot Right Now.

Paloma Faith follows in the footsteps of Ellie Goulding in scoring a Top 20 hit with a recording featured on a John Lewis TV ad campaign. Paloma’s cover of the INXS hit Never Tear Us Apart, as featured in the retailer’s latest campaign is new in today at Number 16. Ellie Goulding’s 2010 cover of Your Song previously reached Number 2.

Taylor Swift completes the week’s new entries with Begin Again (30), and US singer/songwriter Jason Mraz is the week’s highest climber with I Won’t Give Up, up 87 places to Number 23.

Deputy PM Nick Clegg narrowly misses out on a placing in the Official Singles Chart Top 100 despite a midweek appearance at Number 64. Satire website thepoke’s autotune remix of Clegg’s public apology for his party’s U-turn on tuition fees amassed much media attention, and was subsequently made available as a charity download – with Clegg’s blessing - with proceeds going to Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Nick Clegg Says I’m Sorry ends the week at Number 104.

Here's this week's Top 10.  You can view the full Official Top 100 in all its glory right here.

1 GANGNAM STYLE PSY
2 HALL OF FAME SCRIPT FT WILL I AM
3 I CRY FLO RIDA
4 WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER TAYLOR SWIFT
5 LET ME LOVE YOU (UNTIL YOU LEARN TO LOVE NE-YO
6 SAY NOTHING EXAMPLE
7 SOME NIGHTS FUN
8 SHE WOLF (FALLING TO PIECES) DAVID GUETTA FT SIA
9 TURN AROUND CONOR MAYNARD FT NE-YO
10 YOU BRING ME JOY AMELIA LILY

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