In a brilliant cue through to the weekend, Captain Tom Moore’s rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone with Michael Ball has taken the top spot on the charts from The Weeknd.
Cue all the celebrations, people! Oh, commiserations to The Weeknd, yes.
The tune, made with the NHS Voices Of Care Choir, has debuted at number one on the UK’s Official Singles Chart just in time for the 99-year-old war veteran’s 100th birthday.
The race between Captain Tom and The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights was getting incredibly close, with the Canadian singer actually predicted to overtake Captain Tom in the final day of sales.
At the time, only a few thousand sales separated the national legend and the Starboy hitmaker, who has been top of the charts for the past eight weeks.
It clinched this week’s Number 1 spot with combined chart sales of 82,000 units, with The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights trailing in second place with a tally of 69,000. Proceeds from the single go to NHS Charities Together.
You’ll Never Walk Alone was released last week on Decca Records, in Captain Tom’s continued efforts to help the NHS during the coronavirus crisis, after already raising over £28million towards the cause.
In doing so Captain Tom has become a symbol of hope and unity across the UK during these uncertain times as he goes above and beyond in his efforts.
After taking an early lead at the start of the week it looked as if Captain Tom’s closest competitor, The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights, would overtake him at the end of the week.
But deep down we knew Captain Tom had it in him and even The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye – wanted his comrade to take the top spot, as he asked fans to support the war veteran just hours before the final whistle.
Paying tribute to Captain Tom on Twitter, The Weeknd said on Thursday evening: ‘everyone in the UK please support @captaintommoore / @mrmichaelball single so this incredible 99 yr old war veteran, walking for the British National Health Service @NHSuk & now raised $35 Million can have a No 1 for his 100th birthday in the UK!We’re routing [sic] for you. XO!’
Captain Tom replied to the sweet shout-out: ‘My goodness, how gracious of you @theweeknd Benji [his grandson] tells me you’re rather talented and very popular!
‘What a kind gesture. Thank you!’
Michael Ball said of the amazing achievement this evening: ‘This is the most extraordinary thing, one of the most proudest moments of my career, but it’s not about me, it’s about Captain Tom.
‘Thank you for giving him a Number 1 on his 100th birthday. You are the best, God bless ya.’
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