WILL YOUNG and television favourites ANT & DEC go into battle today (May 27) as the ‘POP IDOL’ winner and hosts attempt to claim the JUBILEE number one spot on the UK charts.
Winner Young is the runaway favourite for a second consecutive Number One. While his cover of The Doors’ ‘Light My Fire’ is not expected to to break the 1.1million haul of debut release ‘Evergreen’, chart watchers are expecting around 250,000 sales in the single’s first week. However, with the World Cup drawing closer, Ant & Dec’s ‘We’re On The Ball’, the official song of the English World Cup campaign, is expected to run him close. While the track may not beat Young this week, HMV believe that as England’s campaign progresses, the track will climb.
It’s not the only football-related song to be coming out. Twelve tracks, an unprecedented number, will be released this week and next week. Amongst those to appear is the new one from Fat Les, from former England manager Terry Venables and re-releases of classic terrace anthems ‘World In Motion’ and ‘Three Lions’.
Meanwhile, 25 years after it was kept off the top for fear of annoying royalists during The Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations, the Sex Pistols are re-releasing ‘God Save The Queen’. Like ‘Why Me/Back In The Day’ by incarcerated So Solid Crew rapper Asher D, the track is expected to do well without troubling Young.