How many rugby fans does it take to get to Number One?

Monday 19 March 2012, 11:00

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With Wales winning the Six Nations Grand Slam last weekend, musical ears and eyes are turning to Sunday's chart rundown, to see if Cwm Rhondda/Bread Of Heaven can break into the hit parade.

Paul Child recorded the Millennium Stadium crowd singing the 1907 John Hughes hymn at half-time. It was rush-released yesterday, credited to Wales.

Watch a video as Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau rang round the stadium:

With a capacity of 74,000, the stadium held enough people to take the song into the top five if everyone bought a copy.

Half the audience purchasing the charity single would bring it to the top 10. However, twice the capacity of the stadium would be needed to almost guarantee a chart-topper.

Lauren Kreisler of the Official Charts Company said: "We wouldn't speculate as to how the song will do, but it's an interesting story. You'll have to wait till 4pm on Wednesday when we publish our midweek charts to find out how it's doing."

Paul Child told the Western Mail: "It's an idea which came about because we wanted to get as many fans involved with the single as possible and Bread Of Heaven is famously sung on the terraces and throughout the stands so what better song to choose as the Grand Slam single.

"But ultimately it's a celebration of this year's tournament. It's a way for fans to thank the team, letting them know how grateful we all are and how proud we are to get behind them."

Cwm Rhondda/Bread Of Heaven is available in physical form at Tesco stores in Wales and on download sites. All proceeds from the single will be donated to the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust.

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    Comment number 1.

    One in twelve Welsh were in Cardiff for the match, doubt whether any other nation would beat that. If half of these buy the CD it's won!

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    Comment number 2.

    It's Scottish rugby that needs our charity after this campaign! Also didn't I read last week that the flowers of Scotland had wilted in the field? (Daffodils ironically) The Welsh singing has always been the best though, and now their rugby team have more than matched it by winning the Grand Slam, I hope the song displaces the usual anodyne pop fodder repeatedly played on Radio 1 and 2 and raises some money for less fortunate Welsh rugby players and their families.

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    Comment number 3.

    The CD's were actually produced by Dischromatics in Abercarn. Because one of the songs was being recorded at half time, duplication had to wait for the recording and mastering. The CD master itself was delivered at 20.00 Saturday evening. The booklets were already printing and management and staff set about the production task, working right through the night and finishing arounf 08.00 the next morning so that the disks could be delivered to Tescos stores for opening time.

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    Comment number 4.

    I've been calling for the BBC to stop recording the players singing and let us (viewers) all listen to the choir and fans, they did reply by saying the players singing added to the momentum to the match....DUH. Now we have a possible No1 in the charts. lol
    Look at all that lovely ££££lolly they've lost. Ah well they probably felt the licence fee was more than enough to think about I presume.

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    Comment number 5.

    I bought the CD today. I thought it was going to be just the crowd singing, only the crowd, loud and clear. I'm not sure what to say to be honest, but I'm very grateful to the squad for lifting the spirits, and glad the proceeds are going to the WRCT.


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