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Snow Patrol return to Top 10 thanks to download success

Snow Patrol

Story by Jack Foley

SNOW Patrol have returned to the UK Top 10 with their single Chasing Cars after rules were changed to allow any song purchased online to be counted towards the singles chart.

The group entered at number nine on Sunday, January 7, 2007 – almost six months after first charting at number six last July.

Previously, downloads only counted towards the chart if the song was available to buy on other formats but the revamp means that any song purchased digitally can now be counted towards a chart position, even if it is an album track of B-side.

However, the rule change did not prevent X-Factor winner Leona Lewis holding on to the top position for a third week with her single A Moment Like This.

And the highest new entry was another one to depress – Eric Prydz’s remix of the Pink Floyd classic Another Brick In The Wall at number two.

There was more good news for Snow Patrol in the album chart as their latest LP Eyes Open continued to ride high in at number three despite being in its 36th week of release.

The album was officially the most popular LP download of 2006, comfortably beating the current number one by Take That.

The changes to chart eligibility for downloads meant that this week’s Top 40 also saw several songs that had previously been deleted from physical sale re-entering the chart.

Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, which was the biggest selling single of 2006, re-entered the chart at number 30, while Nelly Furtado’s Maneater re-appeared at number 38 after originally making number one last June.

Michael Andrews and Gary Jules’ single Mad World, a Christmas number one in 2003, also re-entered at number 58, having recently been used to advertise the Xbox 360 game Gears of War.

According to the BBC, the charts will never be the same again because downloads will change the pattern of how tracks climb the charts.

It could provide a platform for many old favourites to be released digitally, which could pave the way for artists such as The Beatles and Elvis Presley to make comebacks.

EMI is already rumoured to be considering releasing The Beatles’ back catalogue as downloads for the first time.