He was recently announced as a headline act for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert, alongside music greats like Diana Ross, Adam Lambert and Queen. And now Sam Ryder has even more to celebrate, as his song “SPACE MAN” has hit #2 on the Official UK Singles Chart.
Sam finished second this week to Harry Styles’ “As It Was”, which retains the top spot for the seventh straight week. It’s a huge achievement. “SPACE MAN” has become the highest-charting Uk Eurovision entry in 26 years after Sam rocketed up the scoreboard in Turin and led a passionate online campaign afterwards.
Sam Ryder’s “SPACE MAN” hits #2 on Official UK Singles Chart
Here’s how the Official Charts Company described the battle for the top spot in a press release, sent out a few hours before the official reveal.
“After a nail-biting finish in what proved to be the most exciting chart battle of the year so far, Eurovision hero Sam Ryder is just pipped to UK Number 1 by Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’.”
“While Harry Styles made a strong start to the week, momentum following his Eurovision performance saw Essex singer Sam nudge ahead midweek, with Harry reclaiming the lead again at the final whistle.”
“Just like at last weekend’s ceremony, he may not have clinched first place, but it’s safe to say Sam Ryder has captured the UK (and Europe’s) heart following his success at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This week, SPACE MAN rockets up to Number 2 becoming the highest-charing UK Eurovision entry since Gina G’s chart-topping ‘Oooh Ahh…Just A Little Bit’ in 1996. Sam even outperforms previous Eurovision winners Katrina & The Waves whose 1997 winning hit Love Shine A Light peaked at Number 3.”
“SPACE MAN claims the UK’s most-downloaded song of the week, landing Number 1 on the Official Download Chart.”
Speaking to the Official Charts Company, Sam said:
“We wanted to take on this negative Eurovision stigma in the UK – this habitual loop of cynicism and telling ourselves Europe doesn’t like the UK.”
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“That was absolutely not the case, we don’t subscribe to that narrative whatsoever. The result gives strength to that idea. We’ve stripped away at the negativity and shone a bit of light in its place. Eurovision is my favourite thing in the world – I’m so stoked that I got to be a part of this story with my friends and my team.”
Sam’s clearly touched to be up there with Harry Styles.
“I feel like what Harry stands for, as a fan of his and listening to his music, he stands for the same things that Eurovision celebrates; a freedom of expression, of inclusivity. A celebration of music, joy and togetherness”.
Amy Wadge, co-writer of “SPACE MAN”, told Official Charts:
“It feels like a bit of music history. To be part of something that’s culturally shifted the public’s view on Eurovision, is so lovely. We’ve ignored this amazing opportunity for artists and songwriters for too long.”
Eurovision and BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart presenter Scott Mills, said:
“I’m so proud of Sam Ryder for securing the UK’s Official Number 2 spot with Space Man. It’s the UK’s first Eurovision chart contender from this millennium and Sam deserves it so much after his incredible performance in Turin. We at Radio 1 have got behind Sam like no other Eurovision entry and the support for him right from the start has been amazing!”
Are you stoked for Sam? Do you see this as the first of many Top 10 singles for the Essex star? Let us know in the comments box below!