As previously reported on DiS, download single releases are now counted by chart compilers regardless of whether or not a physical version of the song in question is available in stores. This week, Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy' could be the first song to reach number one before it's properly released on CD et cetera.
The song has been used to advertise Zane Lowe's radio show on BBC television channels, and is playlisted at Radio 1. According to the midweek sales information, Gnarls Barkley (the collaboration between producer Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo, pictured) is ahead of the chasing pack with only Morrissey mounting a challenge so far as new releases go. 'You Have Killed Me' is selling well enough to reach number one if download sales were not counted.
The Kooks look likely to make the top ten, too, with 'Naïve' flying out of Virgin Megastores swifter than Fearne Cotton goes through indie boys.
Should anyone be interested in the album chart, Massive Attack's Collected and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Show Your Bones are both expected to make the top ten. The recently reinvigorated Embrace are likely to stay in third place, behind X-Factor types Journey South and Andy Abraham.