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The Allstars Stay Home Live Lounge of BBC Radio 1 won number 1 in the official singles ranking after a very close battle for first place this week.

The rendering of Foo Fighters’s Times Like These, featuring a cast of big names like Dua Lipa, Chris Martin and Bastille, goes from 5 to number 1 with 66,000 card sales this week – 78% of which were downloads.

The track was locked in a tight battle all week with The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights, which ends at number 2, 3,000 card sales behind the Radio 1 Live Lounge Allstars.

Times Like These was presented last Thursday on Radio 1, and the clip was released on BBC One’s Big Night In that evening. The track and video were recorded by all of Lockdown’s musicians, produced by Fraser T. Smith. Proceeds from the track’s sales and flows will be shared equally between Children in Need and Comic Relief to provide essential support to people across the UK who will be significantly affected by the coronavirus crisis.

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Fraser T. Smith, who produced Times Like These

Speaking to OfficialCharts.com, Fraser T. Smith said, “Having produced this number 1 with the Allstars Live Lounge means the world to me. Each artist stepped in to make a really moving version of the classic Foo Fighters, and I want to thank the incredible team of Radio 1, the DJs who supported it and all those who downloaded and broadcast this song to collect as much money for all charities, in the fight against Covid-19. “

Dua Lipa told BBC Radio 1: “I was really touched when I saw the final video with all the artists and heard everyone come together. I’m so glad we can come together to try to support a better cause. “

Chris Price, Chief Music Officer, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, added: “It’s wonderful to see the Stay Home Live Lounge connecting with so many people; who reached number one is a testament to the power of music to bring people together in these difficult times. Thanks to Fraser T Smith, Foo Fighters and to each artist who has so generously invested in this extraordinary collaboration. “

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Moments like these replace Captain Tom Moore and Michael Ball’s You’ll Never Walk Alone at the summit, which raised funds for the NHS. The last time a charitable single replaced another charitable single at number 1, six years ago, when Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir’s single Children In Need Wake Me Up was overthrown by Band Aid 30 Do They Know It’s Christmas? in November 2014. Find out about each UK number 1 charity single here.

While seven single children in need have reached number 1 over the years, Times Like These is the first BBC single to reach number 1 since Perfect Day in 1997.

It also becomes the first Foo Fighters song to reach number 1 in the UK – their best precedent was number 4 with Best Of You in 2005. Times like these peaked at number 12 in 2003. See the full history of Foo Fighters official maps here.

Celebrating the news, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters said, “Humbled, with so much love for all of my fellow artists and listeners. Don’t forget to support and donate to Comic Relief and Children In Need. “

Elsewhere on this week’s official singles charts, YouTuber / boxer / rapper KSI marks his fourth Top 40 and the highest single to date at number 6 with Houdini ft. Swarmz & Tion Wayne, and The Scotts – a brand new couple of Travis Scott and Kid Cudi – is new at number 11.

The 1975 claim their tenth and highest single to date at number 14 with If You’s Too Shy (Let Me Know), and the posthumous single Juice Wrld Righteous opens at number 26.

Lower, 220 Kid & Gracey’s Don’t Need Love climbs from 11 places to 38, and Kings & Queens of the American singer Ava Max goes from three places to 39, marking its third hit in the Top 40.

See the table of the 100 best official singles of the week here



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