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 ofJohn 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 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:
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 Diamonds’ Primadonna (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.
According to today’s Official Chart Update, Jason Mraz looks set to score his first UK Number 1 this weekend. The US singer / songwriter, who released his fourth studio album, Love Is A Four Letter Word, earlier this week, is on course to topple Adele’s 21 from the top of the Official Albums Chart.
Mraz shot to global fame in 2008 when his single, I’m Yours, went Top 10 in 16 countries including Australia, Germany, New Zealand and the US. The track, which became a mainstay on daytime radio, reached Number 11 in the UK’s Official Singles Chart and has sold an impressive 583,000 copies to date. He has since gone on to star in the Visit California TV ad campaign alongside Golden Girl Betty White and former governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Meanwhile Adele’s 21 looks set to fall one place to Number 2, while Nicki Mianj’s Pink Friday – Roman Reloaded is currently sitting pretty at Number 3. Jessie J’s Who You Are is holding steady at Number 4, and Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die completes this week’s Official Albums Chart Update Top 5.
San Francisco rockers Train are going full steam ahead to score their highest Official Albums Chart placing to date. The band’s latest release, California 37, is looking set to debut at Number 7 – one place ahead of their 2001 breakthrough album Drops Of Jupiter.
Elsewhere, Spiritualized are on course for their seventh Top 40 album. The band’s latest release, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, is at Number 11 in today’s Official Albums Chart Update. Euro power metallers DragonForce are new in at Number 24 with The Power Within, while Liverpool doomsters Anathema are at Number 34 with Weather Systems. Canadian punks Cancer Bats complete this week’s Official Update new entries with Dead Set On Living new in at Number 37.
Much like the Official Singles Chart Update, BBC reality TV show The Voice continues to impact the charts. Coach Jessie J’s Who You Are is holding steady in the Top 5, while Danny O'Donoghue’s band, The Script, are up 16 places to Number 16 with their eponymous 2008 debut album. Thanks to a couple of show-stopping performances of his track Ordinary People on this past weekend’s show, John Legend’s 2004 album Get Lifted looks set to re-enter the Official Albums Chart at Number 18.Back