World Cup fever grips U.K. singles chart

Three World Cup-themed songs enter the top 10

LONDON -- World Cup fever gripped the British singles chart with three World Cup-themed songs entering the top 10 and another five in the top 40, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday.

Rapper Dizzee Rascal and comedian James Corden leaped straight in at number one with their unofficial World Cup anthem "Shout," based on the 1980s Tears For Fears classic.

They performed the song for the first time a week ago on the television show "Britain's Got Talent," but the track was released just four days ago, notching up sales of 110,000.

Only the "Everybody Hurts" charity single in aid of victims of the Haiti earthquake has sold more in a first week so far this year.

Dizzee Rascal and Corden are donating their royalties from "Shout" to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Somali-born Canadian rapper K'naan scored his first U.K. Top 10 hit with "Wavin' Flag," another World Cup-themed anthem, which climbed to number three this week from 16 last week.

The David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and Lightning Seeds' "3 Lions," a big hit during the 1996 European soccer championships, climbed to number 10 from last week's 53.

The success of "Shout" denied 21-year-old London MC Tinie Tempah a second number one single as his latest release "Frisky" featuring Labrinth, a new entry at number two, would in almost any other week have comfortably been number one with sales of over 85,000, the Charts Company said.

In the album chart, Christina Aguilera's "Bionic" was straight in at number one, giving the American star her second U.K. number one album after "Back To Basics" in 2006.
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