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John Legend’s Ordinary People to score its highest UK chart position courtesy of The Voice

18/04/2012

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The Voice UK 2012

By Lauren Kreisler

John Legend’s Ordinary People is set to score its highest ever UK chart position.

It seems that the nation has been spellbound by The Voice contestant Jaz Ellington, whose searing rendition of John Legend’s Ordinary People left judges Will.I.Am and Jessie J in tears at the weekend, and the original 2005 John Legend track bounding straight back into the Official Singles Chart.

Already by Sunday of last weekend, the track was making an appearance in the Official Singles Chart, re-entering the Top 40 based on just a few hours’ sales after Saturday night’s emotional TV episode. Based on midweek Official Charts Company figures today however, the track is currently sky rocketing up to Number 3, and likely to score its highest ever UK chart position, having previously peaked at Number 27 upon its release in 2005.

John Legend’s 2004 album Get Lifted also looks set to re-enter the official Albums Chart at Number 18.

Conor Maynard takes on Carly Rae Jepsen

Conor Maynard steps up this week to take on reigning singles queen Carly Rae Jepsen in the race for Number 1.

After battling it out with fellow Canadian Justin Bieber last week, the newest challenger to Jepsen’s infectious pop hit, Call Me Maybe, comes in the form of 19 year old Brighton singer Conor Maynard who first rose to public attention in recently through his posting of cover versions of popular current songs to YouTube. Conor then went on to win MTV’s Brand New For 2012 competition in January with more than 50% of the vote, beating rivals including Lana Del Rey.

Conor’s debut single Can’t Say No is this week’s highest new entry and on course to enter at Number 2, just 6,000 copies behind Call Me Maybe at present. We caught up with the rising star to find out more about the track. Conor told OfficialCharts.com:

“When I first wrote it it was more of a tongue in cheek kinda thing, it wasn’t really meant to be taken too seriously. It’s about meeting girls in the street, and they just want me! Which wasn’t the case, ha! But then again, it could have been a bit of premonition, ‘cause of how things have changed now. I HAVE been chased!”

Conor goes on to describe how he was mobbed in a car park by female fans during a recent radio tour. Watch the full interview below:

New entries and climbers

Elsewhere, indie pop band Fun make another climb this week with their single We Are Young FT Janelle Monae,(4) and Jessie J is up 21 places to Number 5 with Laserlight.

B.O.B.’s So Good (6), Marina & The DiamondsPrimadonna (10), Train’s Drive By (17) and Linkin Park’s Burn It Down (40) complete the new entries in today’s Official Singles Chart Update Top 40.

The full Official Singles Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

01 CALL ME MAYBE - CARLY RAE JEPSEN
02 CAN'T SAY NO - CONOR MAYNARD
03 ORDINARY PEOPLE - JOHN LEGEND
04 WE ARE YOUNG - FUN FT JANELLE MONAE
05 LASERLIGHT - JESSIE J FT DAVID GUETTA
06 SO GOOD - BOB
07 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW - GOTYE FT KIMBRA
08 STARSHIPS - NICKI MINAJ
09 SHE DOESN'T MIND - SEAN PAUL
10 PRIMADONNA - MARINA & THE DIAMONDS
11 CLIMAX - USHER
12 BOYFRIEND - JUSTIN BIEBER
13 I WON'T GIVE UP - JASON MRAZ
14 TOO CLOSE - ALEX CLARE
15 212 - AZEALIA BANKS FT LAZY JAY
16 LEVEL UP - SWAY
17 DRIVE BY - TRAIN
18 WILD ONES - FLO RIDA FT SIA
19 TITANIUM - DAVID GUETTA FT SIA
20 TURN UP THE MUSIC - CHRIS BROWN
21 PART OF ME - KATY PERRY
22 SKINNY LOVE - BIRDY
23 THE MAN WHO CAN'T BE MOVED - SCRIPT
24 NEXT TO ME - EMELI SANDE
25 TURN ME ON - DAVID GUETTA FT NICKI MINAJ
26 DOMINO - JESSIE J
27 GREYHOUND - SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA
28 THIS WOMAN'S WORK - MAXWELL
29 N****S IN PARIS - JAY-Z & KANYE WEST
30 MAMA DO THE HUMP - RIZZLE KICKS
31 OH MY GOODNESS - OLLY MURS
32 SEXY AND I KNOW IT - LMFAO
33 LAST TIME - LABRINTH
34 BLACKOUT - BREATHE CAROLINA
35 STRONGER (WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU) - KELLY CLARKSON
36 DROPS OF JUPITER (TELL ME) - TRAIN
37 TAKE CARE - DRAKE FT RIHANNA
38 THIS WOMAN'S WORK - KATE BUSH
39 SORRY FOR PARTY ROCKING - LMFAO
40 BURN IT DOWN - LINKIN PARK

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