Razorlight were hoping to be the first band to top the charts with both retail sales and downloads...
The first Number One single which features combined figures from retail sales and downloads has been unveiled.
Tony Christie’s ’(Is This The Way To) Amarillo’ stayed on top of charts for a fifth week, keeping new entries from the likes of Razorlight’s ’Somewhere Else’ and Elvis Presley’s ’The Wonder Of You’ from the top.
However, ’Somewhere Else’ has become Razorlight’s biggest hit to date, and was the highest new entry at Number Two.
Earlier in the week the validity of the revamped chart had been called into question by the trade body representing the UK’s independent record companies, who approached the Office Of Fair Trading in an attempt to halt the integration.
The Association Of Independent Music (AIM) said they were not satisfied that system is fair on independent artists.
The Official UK Charts Company have said the criticisms are unfounded.
Up until this week the charts have been compiled according to physical sales alone, but the expansion of the digital music market, along with falling singles sales, have forced the Official Chart Company to adapt in order to properly reflect the way music is consumed.
The UK download chart was launched last September, and the first number one was taken by the five-year-old Westlife song ‘Flying Without Wings’, released by BMG.
This week’s Top Ten UK singes are:
1. Tony Christie – ‘(Is This The Way To) Amarillo’
2. Razorlight – ‘Somewhere Else’
3. Ciara featuring Missy Elliot – ‘One, Two Step’
4. Elvis Presley – ‘The Wonder Of You’
5. Will Smith – ‘Switch’
6. Mario – ‘Let Me Love You’
7. 50 Cent – ‘Candy Shop’
8. Mariah Carey – ‘It’s Like That’
9. Freeloaders – ‘So Much Love To Give’
10. Gwen Stefani – ‘Rich Girl’