'Noble England' could make Top Five by this weekend

The late Rik Mayall’s World Cup song ‘Noble England’ has broken into the Top 10 in the Official UK Singles Chart overnight and could make the Top Five by the weekend.

The Official Charts Company reports that Mayall’s track climbed from 11 to 8 overnight (June 11) and “looks to be challenging for a Top Five placing on the Official Singles Chart this Sunday”.

Mayall recorded the song ahead of the 2010 World Cup, but it failed to chart upon release. Jon Morter, the man behind the campaign to get Rage Against The Machine the Christmas Number One in 2009, is now assisting a similar effort aimed at launching Mayall’s track back up the charts.

The song, which can be heard below, features Mayall delivering lines from Shakespeare’s Henry V. More information about the campaign, including download links, can be found at facebook.com/rikmayallworldcup.

Mayall was found dead at his home in London on Monday (June 9). The comedian and writer is best known for his role as Rick in The Young Ones while he also appeared in Blackadder, The New Statesman and created the hit sitcom Bottom with Ade Edmondson.

Speaking yesterday, Mayall’s wife Barbara Robbins said that the comedy actor “suffered an acute cardiac event” which led to his death. Her comments followed the results of a coroner’s report earlier today which came back inconclusive. Further tests will be required to establish the official cause of death.