“The public have clearly taken the plight of the Haitian people to heart - this record is huge," the BBC quoted the OCC"s Martin Talbot as saying. The recording of the Helping Haiti song had been organised by Simon Cowell, and the REM cover features a host of stars including Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Take That. “It"s already the biggest seller of the year so far, and is now likely to go on to be the number one single of 2010," HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo stated.
Proceeds from the sale will be split between the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and The Sun newspaper"s Helping Haiti campaign. The song moves ahead of The X Factor Finalist"s version of 'Hero" as the charity song selling the most copies in its first week of release since 2000. Westlife"s 'Uptown Girl", released in aid of Comic Relief, fell back to third place.
UK TOP FIVE SINGLES
1 Everybody Hurts - Helping Haiti
2 Fireflies - Owl City
3 If We Ever Meet Again - Timbaland ft Katy Perry
4 Empire State of Mind - Alicia Keys
5 Don"t Stop Believin" - Glee cast