Summer Olympics Opening, Closing Ceremony Performers Rise on U.K. Charts
Jessie J, Emeli Sande, The Spice Girls and Fatboy Slim see some of their songs re-enter the list of the top 200 singles or make big jumps.
LONDON - British music stars who performed at the Summer Olympics opening or closing ceremonies have re-entered or moved up on the singles chart here.
A week after the end of the Olympics, the latest top 200 singles list in the U.K. features 65 musicians and bands with a role in the London 2012 Games, the Independent reported.
It said that 30 of them performed at the closing ceremony, eight appeared at the opening ceremony, and 28 had their music played at either event. Scottish singer Emeli Sande, who performed at both the opening and closing events, even saw her album "Our Version of Events" rise from the fourth to the top spot on the album charts. She also had six singles on the top 200 singles chart, according to the paper.
Ed Sheeran, who also performed at both ceremonies, had five tracks in the top 200, followed by Jessie J with four.
Other key musical winners from the Olympics include Elbow, whose song "One Day Like This" from the closing ceremony rose from the 125th spot to the fourth on the latest singles chart, George Michael's "White Light," which entered the chart in the 15th spot, John Lennon's "Imagine," which returned to the chart in the 18th spot, and Muse's "Survival," which jumped from 62nd to 22nd.
Also, Fatboy Slim's "Right Here Right Now" re-entered the charts after years to take over the 62nd rank, as did Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" in 68th. Other beneficiaries include Eric Idle/Monty Python's "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life," "West End Girls" from the Pet Shop Boys, Queen's "We Will Rock You," and "Wannabe" from The Spice Girls, which showed up in the 155th spot of the singles chart.