Captain Tom Moore’s dreams of landing a number one single this week might sadly not come true as The Weeknd is creeping up hot on his tail – just as the former soldier releases a video telling his older fans how they can download the charity song.
The 99-year-old war veteran is hoping to land the top spot in the charts this Friday (24 April) with his charity single You’ll Never Walk Alone featuring Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care choir, which is raising money for the healthcare service in the fight against coronavirus.
However, the Official Charts Company today have revealed that the gap has tightened between Captain Tom and rival The Weeknd, who is proving to be an unstoppable force with his hit single Blinding Lights.
The infectious track has spent eight weeks at number one, earning Canadian star The Weeknd his first chart-topper in the UK.
The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, is predicted to overtake Captain Tom in the final day of sales as downloads of the charity single have progressively slowed down across the week.
It’s truly a narrow race as only a few thousand sales separate the two songs.
According to the OCC, a number one for Captain Tom is looking unlikely at this stage, but of course could change in the coming hours if sales accelerate.
Captain Tom has kindly released a video to Metro.co.uk explaining how to download You’ll Never Walk Alone directly to your phone for just 99p which, of course, goes to charity.
‘Thank you for all your support in our race to number one,’ he said in the video. ‘Please continue to download You’ll Never Walk Alone.’
On Thursday, Michael Ball explained how it’s been a pleasure to collaborate with Tom, who turns 100-years-old on 30 April.
‘It’s one of those things that happened so spontaneously and so quickly. It’s extraordinary,’ Michael said on Good Morning Britain.
‘I think when we look back at this time, and start to try and analyse what happened, the big positive story would be Captain Tom.
‘To be able to be a little part of that, is just extraordinary. This is all I can do. I can’t go and work on the frontline with everyone, so this is my bit.’
It also comes hours after the Official Charts Company boss, Martin Talbot, revealed how The Weeknd and Captain Tom were keeping the charts ‘healthy’ during the global pandemic.
Good luck, Captain Tom!
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