Cliff Richard returns to Official Singles Chart following sex abuse allegations

Fan-led campaign launches 'I Still Believe In You' back up the chart

Cliff Richard has returned to the Official UK Singles Chart, one week after police searched his home in an investigation into an historical case of sex abuse.

A social media campaign led by fans of the singer has pushed his 1992 single ‘I Still Believe In You’ up to Number 43 in this week’s Midweek Chart Update, according to Official Chart Company data. The song reached Number Seven upon its original release and is now 500 copies off breaking into the Top 40.

Richard denied the allegations against him as “completely false”. His comments come after a house belonging to the singer in Berkshire had been searched by police on August 14 in relation to claims involving a boy under 16, dating back to the 1980s in the South Yorkshire area.

Elsewhere in the Official Singles Chart, the Number One slot currently belongs to David Guetta with his song ‘Lovers On The Sun’, a collaboration with Sam Martin. Should he stay at the top until Sunday (August 24) the single will become Guetta’s fifth UK Number One.

Further new entries on this week’s Official Singles Chart at the midweek stage come from Taylor Swift (6), Saint Motel (18), Chris Malinchak (20), TI featuring Iggy Azalea (29) and Royal Blood (35).

Meanwhile, in the Official UK Album Chart, Ed Sheeran’s eight-week reign at Number One looks set to come to an end with Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro currently leading the way with their debut album ‘Stars’. The group met online in January and signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco label after winning the TV talent show earlier this year.

Elsewhere in the Official Album Chart, The Courteeners have the next highest new entry with their new album ‘Concrete Love’ going straight to Number Two. Other new entries are due from Twin Atlantic (4), Blackberry Smoke (16), Whiz Khalifa (19), Imogen Heap (23), DragonForce (24), Luke Sital-Singh (30) and The Magic Numbers (39)