Times like these: coverage of Foo Fighters stars returns to number one in the UK


Some of the artists who contributed to the cover of Times Like These

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Singers like Hailee Steinfeld and Dave Grohl (center) helped record the single.

A star-studded cover version of Foo Fighters ‘Times Like These surpassed the charts of British singles after a close battle for first place.

The charity single, which includes Dua Lipa, Chris Martin, Jess Glynne and Biffy Clyro, beat The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights in just 3,000 copies.

It replaces Colonel Tom Moore and Michael Ball’s version of You Will Never Walk Alone at the Top.

Their duo falls to number 21 on the official table of singles this week.

It’s the first time that a charitable single has replaced another at the top of the charts since 2014, when Gareth Malone’s song Wake Me Up, Children In Need, was dethroned by Band Aid 30’s Do They Know It’s Christmas.

Proceeds from the sale of Times Like These will be divided between Children In Need and Comic Relief to provide support to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The recording was put together by BBC Radio 1 and Stormzy Fraser producer T Smith as part of last week’s Big Night In fundraiser.

Twenty-five artists recorded their song in isolation. They include Rita Ora, Yungblud, Mabel and AJ Tracey, who added a rapped verse to the original.

“I was really touched when I saw the final video with all the artists and heard everyone come together,” said Dua Lipa, who sings the first line.

“I am so happy that we can come together to try to support a better cause. “

Top 5 in singles – May 1, 2020

Earlier this week, Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl emailed BBC staff thanking them for “giving them the chance to be part of something much bigger.”

“When my manager called me the first time and explained the project to me, I literally had to fight tears – that’s how flattered I was that the BBC considered one of my songs for a also important cause, “added the former Nirvana drummer.

“To all of these incredible artists who took the time to learn and sing the words that I scribbled on a little hotel stationery almost 20 years ago – I am beyond humility. You have no idea.

“I hope this new version of the song will help cheer people up and that the benefits we donate to Comic Relief and Children In Need reach as many people affected by Covid-19 as possible. “

The song, which hit number five last week after just 12 hours of sales, has sold an additional 66,000 copies in the past seven days.

In doing so, he became the number one Foo Fighters number one in the UK. Their best precedent was number four with Best Of You in 2005, while Times Like These peaked at 12 in 2003.

Meanwhile, Dua Lipa is the queen of the album charts. His second record Future Nostalgia spent a third non-consecutive week at number one, beating competition from Lewis Capaldi, Billie Eilish and Sir Elton John.

Top 5 albums – May 1, 2020

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