Old tracks including Mad World, the Christmas 2003 number one, are set to make
a return to the singles chart on Sunday under new rules allowing any downloads
to be included - not just new releases.
In addition to Gary Jules' version of Mad World from the Donnie Darko
soundtrack, Sunday's new look Official UK Singles Chart is likely to feature
iTunes favourites released more than six months ago including Snow Patrol's
Chasing Cars and Gnarls Barkley's Crazy - and even The Proclaimers' late-80s
hit I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).
Chasing Cars is tipped to be in the revamped
chart's top 10, Crazy could hit the top 40, while Mad World and I'm Gonna Be
(500 Miles) may make the top 100.
The new system also makes it easier for relatively unknown artists to make
it into the charts, with Gay Gordon & The Mince Pies' version of Auld Lang
Syne set to make the top 75 this weekend.
"The changes are extremely important for the music industry as the
chart is now more representative of the actual listening and buying habits of
consumers," said Ben Drury, the managing director of music download
"Downloads now account for 80% of the singles market by volume so it
is a long-overdue and necessary change to count download-only singles."