Where Are We Now? David Bowie set to miss out on place Official Singles Chart
Thursday 10 January 2013
David Bowie's surprise and much talked-about comeback track looks set to miss out on a place in the singles chart.
The song, "Where Are We Now?", created a buzz around the world on Tuesday when it appeared without warning and soon topped the download charts on iTunes.
But the Official Charts Company said that sales of the song have not been counted towards this week's top 40 because many sales are tied to orders for his new album.
Officials are now looking into whether the sales can be broken down further to allow it to be counted. If they can come to an agreement it may make the chart on Sunday after all.
Bowie ended his recording silence of almost 10 years by launching the single on Tuesday, with an album called The Next Day to follow in March.
Many fans had all but given up hope of him recording again after he largely withdrew from the public eye, with his last occasional performances in 2006.
"Where Are We Now?" is still at number one in the iTunes chart and the forthcoming album is topping the download store's album chart on the strength of advance orders.
However, as well as sales in its own right, the single is also being given away to people who pre-order the full album. Chart chiefs say that, as it is not possible to differentiate, it cannot be counted for the singles chart at present.
A spokeswoman said: "Owing to chart rules which are agreed in partnership with UK record companies and retailers, data relating to the David Bowie single Where Are We Now? cannot currently be counted towards the official singles charts, as the release is linked to an album pre-order promotion and it is not possible to distinguish album sales from track sales from the retail data received.
"Should it become possible in the future for regular track sales to be distinguished from album pre-order incentive purchases, then these sales can be counted towards the chart."
Yesterday's midweek chart predictions suggest Will.I.Am and Britney Spears' track "Scream And Shout" will depose X Factor winner James Arthur's "Impossible" from number one.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Al Pacino on suffering from depression: 'It can last and it's terrifying'
- 2 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 3 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
Scottish independence referendum: Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened Rabbit to play in support of Yes campaign
Jessica Chastain demands Scarlett Johansson superhero movie from Marvel: 'To me it's a no brainer. Why is it taking so long?'
Downton Abbey series 5 start date revealed: Drama returns in late September
Nicki Minaj suffers wardrobe malfunction during MTV VMAs performance with Ariana Grande and Jessie J
How to read Will Self: Unlike 'talented mediocrity' George Orwell, you must approach this writer dictionary in hand
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage