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Ariana Grande trailing pop newcomer and sausage roll fan for Christmas number one

By | Published on Tuesday 18 December 2018

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande has two tracks in contention for Christmas number one on Friday, but both are lagging behind current top contenders Ava Max and LadBaby.

According to the Official Charts Company, Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ – which was number one in last week’s UK singles chart – has been overtaken in the midweeks by both last week’s number two track – Ava Max’s ‘Sweet But Psycho’ – and LadBaby’s cover of Starship’s 1985 monstrosity ‘We Built This City’ reworked as a tribute to sausage rolls.

Where does that leave Ariana? Well, ‘Thank U, Next’ is currently at number three, just ahead of her new single, ‘Imagine’, at number four. Completing the top five is perennial Mariah Carey festive classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’.

Someone recently worked out a formula to predict the most likely of these tracks to reach the Christmas top spot on Friday. But – mainly due to that formula being a bunch of nonsense – I can’t be bothered to work out all the keys and BPMs of these five records, so to see which is most likely to succeed by that metric.

Let’s just talk about the LadBaby track, because that’s the novelty one. Apparently LadBaby, real name Mark Hoyle, is a popular dad blogger. He’s released his single as a present for his wife Roxanne, although he’s going to give any money he earns from it to a food bank charity called The Trussell Trust instead of her.

Hoyle said in a statement: “Yes maaaaate! Who would have thought it? A sausage roll song being sung by a Nottingham lad would be sitting at number two in the official midweek singles chart?! What a fantastic achievement and great START – but let’s not stop there! Let’s pinch that number one spot from the global megastars, eat our own body weight in sausage rolls AND most importantly raise even more money to support the amazing UK food banks charity Trussell Trust this Christmas!”

I’m vegetarian, but I think I get the sentiment. Maybe I’ll just donate some sausage rolls to a food bank instead. Anyway, we’ll find out how he fairs against the “global megastars” on Friday afternoon.

If you’re wondering which album’s most likely to top the Christmas week chart, it’s obviously the ‘Greatest Showman’ soundtrack. I’m not sure why you thought it might be something else.