Aly Raisman isn’t the only one having a surprisingly good week in London. British acts Dizzee Rascal, the Arctic Monkeys and Two Door Cinema Club all got a significant sales boost thanks to their performances at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on Friday.
British indie rockers the Arctic Monkeys covered The Beatles’ classic, “Come Together,” during Danny Boyle’s four-hour Olympic extravaganza. The cover track is currently racing up the UK charts and has climbed to No. 14 on the iTunes singles chart, reports NME. And although some American viewers might not know who they are, the Arctic Monkeys’ debut single from 2005, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” is back in the UK charts at No. 78. Meanwhile, East London rapper Dizzee Rascal also received a sales spike from the broadcast. Despite NBC cutting his performance time, the rapper’s 2009 track “Bonkers” re-entered the Top 100 after the Opening Ceremonies.
Alex Trimble, frontman of the Irish band Two Door Cinema Club, also landed in the Top 70 just 24 hours after performing “Caliban’s Dream” dring the ceremonies. The track, penned by Underworld, is currently No. 5 on the iTunes singles charts.
However, it’s “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips who has been the clear winner when it comes to Olympic sales boosts. The singer’s debut single “Home” has been used during the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team coverage on NBC. The track is currently No. 6 on the U.S. iTunes singles chart.
“Home,” co-written by British singer-songwriter Greg Holden, immediately set an “American Idol” record by selling more than 278,000 downloads in its first week, surpassing David Cook’s single, “The Time of My Life,” which sold 236,000 in 2008. Phillips’ single was recently certified gold, and with a little more primetime Olympics promotion, “Home” may be on its way to going platinum.
To view the full 86-track Opening Ceremony playlist, head over to The Telegraph.
By Crystal Bell