‘POP’ STARS!

Will Young looks unlikely to be shifted from the top spot for a while yet, and now chubby loser Rik Waller is heading for a Top Ten placing...

Two contestants from ‘POP IDOL’ will be inside the Top Ten this weekend, according to midweek sales figures.

Current record-breaking chart-topper Will Young is on course for a second week at the top after selling another 100,000 copies of his debut single ‘Anything Is Possible’ / ‘Evergreen’ yesterday (March 4).

However, his fellow contestant from the ITV music talent show, Rik Waller, is also on course for a big hit. His cover of ‘I Will Always Love You’ is currently a new entry at Number Eight.

A chart expert at HMV in London commented: “Will sold nearly 100,000 copies of his double-A side single over Sunday and yesterday. Already that’s enough to assure him a second week at Number One, and he is on course to sell around half a million copies by the end of the week, although this figure could rise if the ‘Mother’s Day’ factor kicks in on Friday and Saturday.

“Much of the remainder of the Top Ten is unchanged, although the big news is that Rik Waller looks set to debut in the Top Ten. His cover of ‘I Will Always Love You’ is currently the UK’s eighth best selling single. With a week of promotional activity planned sales of Rik’s singles could increase and get him into the Top Five – which would be very respectable.”

Other new entries this week are set to come from Platinum 45 feat More Fire Crew, whose single ‘Oi’ is currently at Number Seven, and City High, whose track ‘Caramel’ is at Number 10.

For the final chart places, click back at 7pm on Sunday (March 10).