Emeli Sande is leading a retail charge of Olympic closing ceremony performers with Our Version Of Events set to return to the top of the UK artist albums chart.
Sales of the Virgin release are up 232% on the week following last Sunday's ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, according to the Official Charts Company, while the song she performed - Read All About It Pt 3 - is showing as a new entry at three on singles.
The Sande track is one of four releases in the midweek singles Top 10 performed at the Olympics swansong with Fiction/Polydor act Elbow's 2008 hit One Day Like This racing 125-4, Kate Bush's Fish People/EMI classic Running Up That Hill from 1985 re-entering at five and George Michael's new Island single White Light new at eight. They are joined in the midweek countdown by a host of other tracks re-appearing following last Sunday's ceremony, including the Parlophone-issued Imagine by John Lennon in 12th place, 4th & Broadway/Island act Taio Cruz's Dynamite at 27, Big Brother's Oasis single Wonderwall at 28, the Sanctuary/Universal-handled Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks at 39 and the Polydor-issued Baba O'Reilly by The Who at 40. Columbia/Roc Nation act Rita Ora is set to debut her the top this Sunday with How We Do (Party) (see separate story).
Two versions of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here are registering after it was performed by Ed Sheeran, Richard Jones, Mke Rutherford and the band's drummer Nick Mason. Their Universal-issued version is new at 38 in the latest Sales Flashes, while Floyd's 1975 original is 47. As with The Who's Baba O'Reilly, if it remains in the Top 75 come Sunday it would be the first time the album cut would have charted as a single.
Other oldies making the midweek Top 75 as a result of the closing ceremony are Elbow's Open Arms at 46, the Skint-issued Fatboy Slim tracks Right Here Right Now and The Rockafeller Skank at 55 and 59 respectively, and the RCA singles Mr Blue Sky by ELO and Little Bird by Annie Lennox at 74 and 75. Meanwhile, Helium 3/Warner Bros act Muse's Survival has jumped 62-18 with sales up 368% and sales of Syco act One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful lift 477% to send it 104-25 after their own Olympics appearance.
The midweek artist albums chart is similarly littered with closing ceremony acts with Emeli Sande joined by Fiction/Polydor's Elbow whose The Seldom Seen Kid rises 139-5, while Build A Rocket Boys re-enters at 29. Asylum/Atlantic act Ed Sheeran's + improves 8-4 with sales increasing 79% on the back of his own appearance, while Island/Lava's Jessie J leaps 15-8 as sales almost double of Who You Are. And thanks to their first live appearance at the ceremony in more than four years, the Spice Girls could be returning to the Top 10 on Sunday with the Virgin retrospective Greatest Hits vaulting 164-9.
Outside the Top 10 midweeks, the closing ceremony is also aiding a number of other albums: Syco act One Direction's Up All Night lifts 19-11; Kate Bush's EMI set The Whole Sory rises 92-18; the Union Square album Total Madness by Madness returns at 19; Sanctuary/Universal set Waterloo Sunset - The Best Of by The Kinks is new at 25 as the band's At The BBC debuts at 60; The Who's Polydor/UMTV-issued Greatest Hits & More is back at 48; Parlophone act Tinie Tempah's Disc-overy climbs 96-59; and the Skint album Why Try Harder - The Greatest Hits by Fatboy Slim re-enters at 63. Big Brother's Oasis album (What's The Story) Morning Glory climbs 120-64 as there are also Top 75 midweek returns from best ofs by Annie Lennox, Pink Foyd and Queen.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.