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  • 16 June 2014, 10:52

Rik Mayall Song Charts After Tribute Campaign

Rik Mayall's 2010 Word Cup song Noble England has gone straight into the top 10 of the UK's official singles chart after a social media campaign in his memory.

The track - recorded for Fabio Capello's England squad competing in South Africa - failed to chart first time round but entered the countdown at number seven after the comedian's sudden death.

The campaign to get the song into the charts was kicked off by Jon Morter - the man behind Rage Against The Machine's victory over X Factor winner Joe McElderry in the 2009 Christmas number one race.

Mayall suffered from an "acute cardiac event" after returning from a morning run, his widow said this week.

Barbara Mayall said her family had received "thousands and thousands of messages of condolence" from around the world.

She said: "We always knew that Rik was well loved but we are all overwhelmed by so many joining us in our grief."

Mayall said of the track, which draws on Shakespeare's Henry V: "Football chants are one of the great traditions of following football and Shakespeare is also part of our national heritage.

"It seemed only natural that they should go together.

"I'm doing my bit, just like every other Englishman. As we stand shoulder-to-shoulder, doing our bit, stiff upper lip - apart from when you're screaming out the lyrics to Noble England."

Meanwhile, former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson has described going straight in at number one on the official singles chart as "incredible".

More than 132,000 copies of Henderson's single Ghost were purchased in the UK over the last seven days, earning the 18-year-old from Tetney in Lincolnshire the fourth fastest selling single of the year so far, according to the Official Charts Company.

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