Olympic surge continues...

Kate Bush is amongst the beneficiaries of the post-Olympic surge, with the seminal artist returning to the Top Ten.

Dividing critics and viewers, the Olympic closing ceremony nonetheless reached a massive audience. One of the year's main talking points, the music used in the colossal event has received a huge boost in popularity.

In total, 67 new tracks entered the UK Top 200 yesterday. According to the Official Chart Company, 31 of those songs were featured in the London 2012 Olympic Games’ closing ceremony, along with eight from the opening ceremony, plus a further 28 songs by artists who performed or were played at either event

All in all, this represents an enormous wave of sales triggered by the sporting event. Perhaps the most notable beneficiary is Kate Bush, whose classic song 'Running Up That Hill' was returned to the Top Ten.

Sitting at number six, the track couldn't quite stretch to pole position. Rita Ora stole in at number one, displacing last week's chart topper Wiley with her new single 'How Do We (Party)'.

Over on the album chart, the Olympics enjoyed a similar impact. According to the Official Chart Company all of this week's highest climbers are connected in some way to the sporting ceremony.

Spice Girls‘ 'Greatest Hits' climbed 146 places to Number 18, while Elbow’s 'The Seldom Seen Kid' rose 133 places to Number 6, and Kate Bush’s 'The Whole Story' shifted up up 71 places to Number 21.

The current UK Top Ten albums are:

1. Emile Sande - Our Version Of Events
2. Paloma Faith - Fall To Grace
3. Ed Sheeran - +
4. Amy MacDonald - Life In A Beautiful Light
5. Maroon 5 - Overexposed
6. Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
7. Jessie J - Who You Are
8. Rihanna - Talk That Talk
9. Ryan O'Shaughnessy - Ryan O'Shaughnessy
10. One Direction - Up All Night

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