The Decca-issued Sing, penned by Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber, had reached 108,000 weekly sales by the end of business on Wednesday and rose to 122,000 the following day, according to the Official Charts Company. This puts it clearly on course to beat 2011's biggest weekly total for a single so far, 127,998 achieved by Ministry of Sound release Hot Right Now by DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora in February.
The high sales for Sing, which was a new entry at 11 on last Sunday's chart, had by yesterday put it more than 75,000 units ahead of nearest challenger, Atlantic act Flo Rida's newly-issued track Whistle. Atlantic/Fueled By Ramen's Were Are Young by Fun featuring Janelle Monae is down 2-3 in the week to date, while RCA's Usher is new at four with Scream as last Sunday's number one, the Asylum/Black Butter-issued Feel The Love by Rudimental featuring John Newman, drops to five. Just behind it as a new entry in sixth position is Ministry of Sound track The Power by DJ Fresh featuring Dizzee Rascal.
The Gary Barlow and Commonwealth Band album, also called Sing, will spend a second week at the top of the artist albums countdown this Sunday having already achieved the highest sales for a number one in 13 weeks and with two days of trading still to go. Up until the end of Thursday it had sold 59,696 copies this week, the most for a number one since Columbia act Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball clocked up 74,401 during its entire first week in March to debut at number one.
Sales of Asylum/Atlantic act Ed Sheeran's + have almost tripled following his performance at the Diamond Jubilee concert in front of Buckingham Palace on Monday, lifting it 13-2 on midweeks. RCA's Paloma Faith album Fall To Grace drops 2-3 as the Reprise/Rhino Bee Gees best of Number Ones climbs 7-4 and Parlophone act Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto rises 11-5 following the start of the band's UK tour. Among a host of other acts benefitting from the Jubilee concert, Jessie J is enjoying a 117% lift in sales of her Island/Lava debut Who You Are to move it 20-6 on midweeks.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.