Rik Mayall's 'Noble England' enters the UK charts at No.7
Rik Mayall’s Noble England is new in at No.7 today (June 15) thanks to a fan-led social media campaign to get the late comedy star to No.1 after his death on Monday (June 9). The track was originally released for the 2010 World Cup but failed to chart the first time around.
This is not the late Mayall's first time in the charts. The Young One's charity cover of Cliff Richard's 'Living Doll' reached No.1 in 1986. The Comic Relief single stayed at No.1 for three weeks.
As fans pay tribute to Rik Mayall, who sadly passed away on Monday (June 9), his ‘lost’ Word Cup song, Noble England, has shot straight into the Top 10 of the UK’s Official Singles Chart.
The track, which was originally recorded for the 2010 World Cup, failed to chart the first time around. However, thanks to a social media campaign set up in his memory by Jon Morter - the man behind Rage Against The Machine’s victory over then X Factor winner Joe McElderry in the 2009 Christmas Number 1 race - Noble England makes its Top 10 debut today at Number 7.
According to the late star, Noble England combines three of England’s great traditions: football, Shakespeare and, of course, himself.
“Football chants are one of the great traditions of following football and Shakespeare is also part of our national heritage,” Rik said in 2010. “It seemed only natural that they should go together.”
"I’m doing my bit, just like every other Englishman,” he added. “As we stand shoulder-to-shoulder, doing out bit, stiff upper lip – apart from when you’re screaming out the lyrics to Noble England.”
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