Gary Barlow's Jubilee songs top single and album charts
- 11 June 2012
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
Gary Barlow has topped the UK single and album chart with his tracks inspired by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Sing, the title of both the single and album, was recorded with musicians from across the Commonwealth.
Its success comes a week after Barlow helped stage the Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace.
The album chart saw the return of Paul Simon's Graceland at number 10, 25 years after its release.
The hugely successful yet controversial album featured South African musicians when there was a cultural boycott of the country over apartheid.
New entries in the album chart were dominated by music veterans, with Dexys, formerly Dexy's Midnight Runners, entering the chart at number 13 with One Day I'm Going to Soar, 32 years after their first album charted.
Adele's album 21 dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since its release in January 2011, slipping to number 12 in its 72nd week in the chart.
And US veterans The Beach Boys' studio album, That's Why God Made the Radio, reached number 15 in its opening week. The album's release coincides with the US band's 50th anniversary.
Barlow's Sing, which was co-written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, features 210 musicians including the African Children's Choir, Aboriginal guitarist Gurrumul, Slum Drummers from Kenya's Kibera slum and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band, as well as the Military Wives choir - and Prince Harry on tambourine.
The Official Charts Company said the song, which is raising money for the Queen's Jubilee charities, was the biggest selling number one of the year so far, selling 142,000 copies in the past week.
In the UK singles chart there were three new entries in the top three, while last week's number one, Feel the Love by Rudimental, fell to number four.
US rapper Flo Rida's Whistle entered the chart at number two, while Usher's latest single Scream was at five followed by DJ Fresh's The Power, which features Dizzee Rascal, at six.
Other new singles in the chart include Nelly Furtado's Big Hoops at 14 and Justin Bieber's All Around the World at 30.
Leanne Mitchell, winner of the BBC's talent search The Voice, failed to capitalize on the final show's seven million viewers and missed out on the top 40 altogether.
Her song, a cover of Whitney Houston's Run To You, landed at number 45.