Will's top of the charts... but not Top of the Pops

by MARK REYNOLDS, Daily Mail

It is the proof that Will Young has truly arrived on the music scene.

As if selling a record-breaking one million copies of his debut single isn't enough, ITV's Pop Idol has already notched up his first falling-out.

Young's management is embroiled in a wrangle with Top of the Pops which means he is not expected to appear on this week's show.

The singer's representatives are demanding that he be allowed to perform both tracks from his No 1 double A-sided single Evergreen/Anything is Possible.

But TOTP bosses insist it is unfair to devote so much of the half-hour slot to just one singer and want him to perform just one song.

It means Young could become the first chart-topping artist in the BBC programme's 38-year history to be barred from appearing in the studio, even though he is available to perform.

Producer Michael Kelpie said: 'The door is still open for Will. We would love to have him on the show as long as the record company drop their unreasonable demands.'

The 23-year-old university graduate, who beat 10,000 other wannabes to the Pop Idol title, has created chart history with the fastest-selling debut single of all time.

Notching up more than a million sales in one week, he eclipsed the previous fastest- selling debut, Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas?, which sold 750,000 in its first week in 1984.

The charity version of Elton John's Candle in the Wind '97, released following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, is the only single to have ever sold more in its first week.

Young's first offering, produced by his record company BMG, went straight to No 1, outselling the rest of the current chart releases put together.

The enormous scale of Young's success has stunned the music industry.

With 1,108,269 copies sold, he outstripped his nearest rival, Shakira, by some ten to one.

Following a lunch with friends in London yesterday, a stunned Young said: 'I can't express just how happy I am. It's an amazing feeling to have a number one hit.

'All I can say is the biggest thank you to everyone who voted for me and to everyone who has bought the single - thank you so much.

'I thought it couldn't get any better and it just did.'

HMV record stores spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said the Mother's Day factor could see the single passing further milestones.

He said: 'Gift buying could result in anything up to a further 800,000 sales. He could sell as many as two million copies in his first two weeks. Just incredible.'

With around 10p from every single sale going directly to Young, the first week's sales alone will earn him £100,000.

But with a lucrative record deal and further hits in the pipeline, music industry experts believe his earnings will top £3million within his first year as a solo artist.

'It seems the public loves the fact that an unknown can come from nowhere and thrash all the established acts,' said one industry source.

Young has also been invited to perform at the Queen's Golden Jubilee concerts at Buckingham Palace.

He revealed on Pop Idol that it was his ambition to have tea with her.

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