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All-Star Cover of Foo Fighters’ ‘Times Like These’ On Track For U.K. No. 1

An all-star isolation cover of the Foo Fighters classic “Times Like These” is setting a fast pace in the race to the U.K. chart crown.

BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge Allstars charity single released last Thursday and debuted at No. 5 last week after just a few hours of sales and streams.

“Times Like These” (Atlparwar/Columbia/Islpolvirg) features 23 artists including Dua Lipa, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Hailee Steinfeld, Bastille and Foos frontman Dave Grohl, and is No. 1 on the midweek chart.

At the halfway stage, the track takes a lead of 5,300 chart sales over The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” (Republic Records), which has the advantage in streams and is expected to close the gap in the days ahead, according to the Official Charts Company.

Proceeds from the song will benefit BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief, to provide support to those across the country who are impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.

Last week’s record-breaking No. 1 from former British Army Captain Tom Moore and Michael Ball, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Decca/Universal), dips to No. 6 on the Official Chart Update.

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At 99 years, Captain Tom became the oldest artist ever to reach the U.K. singles summit, overtaking Tom Jones, who was 68 when “Barry Islands In The Stream” did so in 2009.

The retired serviceman, who become a hero across the U.K. with his sponsored walk to raise funds for the NHS (National Health Service), will still be on top of the chart Thursday (April 30) when he turns 100. Proceeds from the release go to NHS Charities Together.

Meanwhile, The 1975 should score the week’s highest new entry with “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)” (Polydor), which starts at No. 9 on the midweek chart.

After debuting the “The Scotts” (Cactus Jack/Epic/Republic) on Fortnite, Travis Scott and Kid Cudi’s collaborative single could make a top 20 debut. It starts at No. 14 on the midweek chart. Scott’s Astronomical event scored 12.3 million concurrent players, for Fortnite’s largest ever in-game gathering.

Over on the albums chart race, Dua Lipa leads with Future Nostalgia (Warner Records), which is headed for a third non-consecutive No. 1 and leads all titles on streams and digital downloads.

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The week’s highest new entry could come from jazz artists Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes, whose album What Kinda Music (Caroline) starts at No. 2 on the Official Chart Update, while last week’s chart-topper, Gerry Cinnamon’s The Bonny (Little Runaway), dips to No. 4.

American metal specialists Trivium are targeting their highest U.K. chart entry and seventh top 40 with What The Dead Men Say (Roadrunner). It’s new at No. 5 based on midweek data.

The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday.