Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Elton Not on Haiti Single
SIMON Cowell’s single in aid of Haiti has become the fastest-selling charity track of the century.
The song sold 200,000 copies in the first two days of its release as big-hearted Brits shelled out to help quake survivors.
And the celeb cover of Everybody Hurts is also tipped to smash records by hitting the biggest-ever first week sales for a charity single.
Figures released by the Official Charts Company show the 50-year-old X Factor boss’s effort has already pushed the 2008 ballad Hero, sung by the X Factor finalists in aid of wounded Brit soldiers, into second place.
That single, featuring reality show stars including Alexandra Burke, 21, and JLS, shifted just under 200,000 in its first two days and went on to become 2008’s fastest-selling single.
Uptown Girl, Westlife’s 2001 Comic Relief single, has been relegated to third spot. Experts now say the Haiti song, already at the top of the UK Download chart, will be at No 1 one for weeks.
Gennaro Castaldo, of HMV, said: “These early figures are absolutely amazing.
“This single will certainly be No 1 this Sunday and maybe for a number of weeks to come.
“We’re expecting it to have sold about half a million copies by the end of the week and hopefully that momentum will continue.”
And Martin Talbot, of the Official Charts Company, added: “This is a phenomenal achievement. The public are certainly not showing any signs of charity fatigue.”
Everybody Hurts was originally released as a single in 1993 by REM.
Star names on the track include Mariah Carey, 39, Jon Bon Jovi, 47, Kylie Minogue, 41, Rod Stewart, 65, Leona Lewis, 24, Cheryl Cole, 26, Robbie Williams, 35, and his former bandmates Take That.
Music insiders say the hit could even beat Elton John’s 1997 Diana tribute Candle In The Wind, which shifted 4.8million copies to become the biggest-selling single of all time.
- Daily Star