Andrew Lloyd Webber tops U.K. charts with "Sing" for the queen

Queen Elizabeth II greets British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber backstage during the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in London, on June 4, 20112. A chain of more than 4,200 beacons began to flare across the globe Monday to mark Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee, with the last to be lit by the monarch at a star-studded concert at Buckingham Palace. AFP PHOTO / Dave Thompson /POOL (Photo credit should read Dave Thompson/AFP/GettyImages) AFP

Queen Elizabeth II greets British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber backstage during the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in London on June 4, 2012.
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(CBS News) The queen is singing her way to the top of the charts.

"Sing," the official song of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, jumped to the top of the U.K. pop charts and is now the top-selling song of the year, according to The Official Charts Company.

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The track, written by Take That founder Gary Barlow and composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, was performed by a choir outside Buckingham Palace during last week's jubilee celebrations, which marked the queen's 60-year reign.

The single has sold more than 142,000 copies since last week. On the recording Lloyd Webber plays piano, Prince Harry plays the tambourine and vocals are from the Military Wives Choir.

Lloyd Webber recently told "CBS This Morning" that the queen was "delighted" by the song composed especially for the occasion.

It's the first time in 35 years that Lloyd Webber has had a No. 1 single. Webber said in a statement, "The last time I had a No. 1 album and No. 1 single at the same time was for 'Evita' in 1976 when both the album and 'Don't Cry for me Argentina' were at the top of the charts."


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