Sam Ryder’s 'Space Man' becomes highest-charting UK Eurovision entry in 26 years
20 May 2022
SPACE MAN claims the UK’s most-downloaded song of the week, landing Number 1 on the Official Download Chart.
Speaking on breaking any stigma around Eurovision, Sam tells OfficialCharts.com:
“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.
"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.”
And speaking about his chart rival Harry Styles, Sam adds: “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”.
Commenting on the success of the song, co-writer Amy Wadge also tells OfficialCharts.com:
“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, says: “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!”
Securing Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart for a seventh consecutive week, Harry Styles now ties with Disney’s Encanto sensation We Don’t Talk About Bruno for the longest-running Number 1 of the year so far. As It Was reigns with over 6.4 million streams.