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Gangnam Style to finally conquer the UK’s Official Chart?

26/09/2012

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Psy - Gangnam Style

By Lauren Kreisler

After weeks of ascent, it looks like K-pop YouTube phenomenon Psy’s Gangnam Style could finally be on course to snatch the UK’s Official Singles Chart top spot this Sunday.

Fresh from topping music charts across the globe, including the Billboard Chart in the US, Korean YouTube phenomenon Psy may this week, at long last, finally conquer the UK’s Official Singles Chart Number 1, Gangnam style!

Gangnam Style is the YouTube global phenomenon which has amassed over 283 million views in just two months and has become the most ‘liked’ video of all time on the online video platform.

The K-pop singer has climbed and climbed the UK’s Official Singles Chart Top 200 over the past five weeks, and following a sales surge last week journeyed all the way to Number 3, before being held off by reigning chart toppers The Script FT Will.I.Am’s Hall Of Fame and Example. As of today’s Official Chart Update, the UK could experience its first ever K-pop Number 1 this Sunday as Gangnam Style leads this week’s singles race by a cool 6,000 copies.

The Script are set to 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

Today’s highest new entry comes courtesy of DJ Fresh FT Ravaughn. The Feeling (11) is the fourth single taken from the DJ and producer’s forthcoming debut album Nextlevelism. The album is set to feature his two previous Number 1 singles, Louder and Hot Right Now. Paloma Faith’s latest offering Never Tear Us Apart is today’s Number 13 and the only other new entry in the Official Chart Update Top 40.

Thanks to X Factor contestant Kye Sones’ boot camp performance, which received a standing ovation from the crowd, four different versions of Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 song I Can’t Make You Love Me, are set to make an appearance in the Top 200 this weekend. The Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin-penned song is currently enjoying four individual entries today - Adele’s version of the track is at Number 42, George Michael (71), Bonnie Raitt’s original at Number 101, and Bon Iver’s cover at 154. Jason Mraz is the week’s highest climber so far with I Won’t Give Up, also performed on X Factor last weekend.

Further down outside of the Top 40, Deputy PM Nick Clegg is on course to enter the Official Singles Chart this weekend at Number 69. 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.

The single I'm Sorry (The Autotune remix) was released late last week on Friday, racking up enough sales to enter the Official Singles Chart Top 200 (Number 143) before the chart week cut-off point of midnight on Saturday. Based on Official Charts Company sales figures today, the spoof track has since surged 74 places and is currently on course to break into the Top 75 this week at Number 69.

The Official Singles Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

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 SOME NIGHTS FUN
7 SAY NOTHING EXAMPLE
8 WINGS LITTLE MIX
9 YOU BRING ME JOY AMELIA LILY
10 BLOW ME (ONE LAST KISS) PINK
11 THE FEELING DJ FRESH FT RAVAUGHN
12 I WILL WAIT MUMFORD & SONS
13 NEVER TEAR US APART PALOMA FAITH
14 GOOD TIME OWL CITY/CARLY RAE JEPSEN
15 SHE WOLF (FALLING TO PIECES) DAVID GUETTA FT SIA
16 TURN AROUND CONOR MAYNARD FT NE-YO
17 BOM BOM SAM & THE WOMP
18 READ ALL ABOUT IT PT 3 EMELI SANDE
19 GOOD INTENTIONS DAPPY
20 MILLION VOICES OTTO KNOWS
21 I WON'T GIVE UP JASON MRAZ
22 HOW TO SAVE A LIFE FRAY
23 UNDER THE SUN CHERYL
24 SPECTRUM FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
25 HOW WE DO (PARTY) RITA ORA
26 LITTLE TALKS OF MONSTERS & MEN
27 PAYPHONE MAROON 5 FT WIZ KHALIFA
28 AVALON PROFESSOR GREEN/KUSTERBECK
29 RUNAWAYS KILLERS
30 HEATWAVE WILEY FT MS D
31 PLAY HARD DAVID GUETTA FT NE-YO/AKON
32 LIVE IT UP TULISA FT TYGA
33 HARDER THAN YOU THINK PUBLIC ENEMY
34 WE ARE YOUNG FUN FT JANELLE MONAE
35 FEEL THE LOVE RUDIMENTAL FT JOHN NEWMAN
36 BLACK HEART STOOSHE
37 AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME JUSTIN BIEBER FT BIG SEAN
38 CALL ME MAYBE CARLY RAE JEPSEN
39 POUND THE ALARM NICKI MINAJ
40 TOO CLOSE ALEX CLARE

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