After just four days on sale, Military Wives’ ‘Wherever You Are’ is already one of the biggest selling singles of the year according to the latest Official Charts Company sales data.
The track, which was written by Royal Wedding composer Paul Mealor, has sold nearly 390,000 copies since going on sale on Sunday (December 18). ‘Wherever You Are’ has overtaken LMFAO’s ‘Sexy And I Know It’ to enter the Official Top 40 singles of 2011 so far. The definitive end of year charts will be published on www.theofficialcharts.com in the New Year.
In related news, the Official Charts Company can reveal that X Factor winners Little Mix’s ‘Cannonball’ and Lou Monte’s ‘Dominick The Donkey’ are still holding firm at Number 2 and 3, respectively, while YouTube sensation Alex Day (Number 4) increases his lead over Coldplay, with ‘Forever Yours’ outselling the British stadium rockers’ ‘Paradise’ by more than 13,000 copies.Watch an interview with Alex Day here.
“The week before Christmas is always an incredibly competitive sales week, so for Alex to make such a big impact in the Top 10 without the support of a traditional record label (big or small) is truly impressive,” said Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot. “’Forever Yours’ is certainly one of the most successful self-released tracks we have ever seen, the Official Charts are based on sales, and sales alone, so Alex’s achievements this week are a genuine reflection of the passion of his army of fans, and of course, the power of social media. His success is why the Official Singles Chart truly is ‘the People’s Chart’”.
Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ has dropped two places overnight to Number 8 after being overtaken by Olly Murs’ former Number 1 single ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ (6) and Lloyd ft Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne’s ‘Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)’ (7). However there is less than 600 copies separating all three. You can watch an intervirew with Nirvana campaigner Jon Morter here.