Robbie Williams on course for first Number 1 in eight years with Candy

He’s back! According to today’s Official Singles Chart Update, Robbie Williams is on course to claim his first Number 1 in eight years this Sunday with Candy.

He’s back! According to today’s Official Singles Chart Update, Robbie Williams is on course to claim his first Number 1 in eight years this Sunday with Candy.

The track, which was co-written by his Take That bandmate Gary Barlow and performed on last weekend’s X Factor results show, looks set to give Robbie his highest charting single since Radio, which reached Number 1 in October 2004. As of midnight Tuesday, Candy has sold over 73,000 copies, and looks set to become one of 2012’s fastest selling singles if it maintains its current performance.

This news must come as a relief to Robbie’s fans as he’d previously threated to quit music if Candy does not become a hit.

"I don't want to emotionally blackmail the whole nation but if Candy's not a hit, I am not touring,” the singer told Radio 1’s Official Chart Update host GregJames. “I'm gonna stay in and look for UFOs. And I'm gonna get all beardy and all fat again!”

Reigning chart champ Labrinth is down one place to Number 2 with Beneath Your Beautiful FT Emeli Sande, while Wiley’s follow-up to his Number 1 summer smash Heatwave, Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya) FT Skepta, JME and Ms D, looks set to debut at Number 3. Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child FT John Martin is down two places to Number 4, while Adele’s Bond theme, Skyfall (Number 5), climbs two to complete today’s Top 5.

New entries and high climbers

In addition to Robbie WilliamsCandy (Number 1) and Wiley’s Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya) FT Skepta, JME and Ms D (3), there are two other new entries on this week’s Official Singles Chart Update.

Hot Natured – Welsh-born DJ and producer Jamie Jones and Lee Foss, who hails from Chicago – have teamed up with London singer / songwriter Ali Love who rose to fame in 2007 providing guest vocals on the Chemical Brothers’ Number 12 hit, Do It Again - for their new single, Benediction, which enters at Number 31 today. Calvin Harris’  Drinking From The Bottle looks set to make its Official Singles Chart debut at Number 39. The track is the sixth single taken from Harris’ latest album, 18 Months.

Following their performance on Sunday night’s X Factor results show, US rockers Fun. claim the Official Singles Chart Update’s two highest climbers: We Are Young is up 41 places, breaking back into the Top 20 at Number 11, and Some Nights rises 18 places to Number 20.

After reaching Number 1 in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Switzerland over the summer, the DJ Wankelmut remix of Israeli folk band Asaf Avidan & The Mojos One Day / Reckoning Song climbs 12 places from 48 to make its Top 40 debut at Number 36.

The Official Singles Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

01 CANDY ROBBIE WILLIAMS
02 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL LABRINTH FT EMELI SANDE
03 CAN YOU HEAR ME (AYAYAYA) WILEY/SKEPTA/JME/MS D
04 DON'T YOU WORRY CHILD SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA/MARTIN
05 SKYFALL ADELE
06 SWEET NOTHING CALVIN HARRIS/FLORENCE WELCH
07 GANGNAM STYLE PSY
08 DIAMONDS RIHANNA
09 ONE MORE NIGHT MAROON 5
10 WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER TAYLOR SWIFT
11 WE ARE YOUNG FUN. FT JANELLE MONAE
12 HOTTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD JLS
13 LATCH DISCLOSURE FT SAM SMITH
14 HO HEY THE LUMINEERS
15 STANDING IN THE DARK LAWSON
16 NEVER TEAR US APART PALOMA FAITH
17 SHE WOLF (FALLING TO PIECES) DAVID GUETTA FT SIA
18 HALL OF FAME THE SCRIPT FT WILL I AM
19 WONDER NAUGHTY BOY FT EMELI SANDE
20 SOME NIGHTS FUN. FT JANELLE MONAE
21 I CRY FLO RIDA
22 BEAUTY AND A BEAT JUSTIN BIEBER FT NICKI MINAJ
23 TURN AROUND CONOR MAYNARD FT NE-YO
24 ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN ELLIE GOULDING
25 LIVE WHILE WE'RE YOUNG ONE DIRECTION
26 LITTLE TALKS OF MONSTERS & MEN
27 LET ME LOVE YOU (UNTIL YOU LEARN TO LOVE NE-YO
28 MILLION VOICES OTTO KNOWS
29 BACKTRACK REBECCA FERGUSON
30 WINGS LITTLE MIX
31 BENEDICTION HOT NATURED & ALI LOVE
32 READ ALL ABOUT IT PT 3 EMELI SANDE
33 SPECTRUM FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
34 TWO FINGERS JAKE BUGG
35 GOOD TIME OWL CITY/CARLY RAE JEPSEN
36 ONE DAY/RECKONING SONG ASAF AVIDAN & THE MOJOS
37 I WILL WAIT MUMFORD & SONS
38 FLAWS BASTILLE
39 DRINKING FROM THE BOTTLE CALVIN HARRIS FT TINIE TEMPAH
40 CLIQUE KANYE WEST/JAY Z/BIG SEAN

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