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Everybody Hurts claims highest ever first week sales for charity single

Everybody Hurts

Story by Jack Foley

EVERYBODY Hurts, the single recorded to help Haiti’s earthquake victims, has shot straight to the top of the UK charts.

The single sold more than 453,000 copies in its first week to notch up the biggest first week sales of any charity track this century, according to data compiled by the Official UK Charts Company (OCC).

The single, which is a cover version of an REM track, features a host of stars including Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Take That. It was organised by Simon Cowell.

Proceeds will be split between the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and The Sun newspaper’s Helping Haiti campaign.

OCC spokesman Martin Talbot commented: “The public have clearly taken the plight of the Haitian people to heart – this record is huge.”

Elsewhere in the UK singles chart, the cast of hit Channel 4 import Glee continued to find success, securing another top 10 hit with their medley of Halo and Walking On Sunshine which featured on the show during the previous Monday’s episode. It charted at nine.

Their cover of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ remains their biggest UK hit and currently sits at fifth place, while another mash-up from the show was a fresh entry at 14.

Read our review of the Glee soundtrack