Currently, in the UK’s Official Singles Chart Top 40, James has claimed number 36 in the charts with his Eurovision song Embers.
If he retains this position – or achieves a higher spot – James’ song will become the highest-charting song from the competition on the Official Charts.
After a flurry of downloads over the past 48 hours, Embers is also the third-most downloaded track in the UK so far this week.
Hot on his heels is Italy’s aforementioned artist, Maneskin.
With their song, Zitti E Buoni, the band are currently number 37 on the Official Singles Chart Top 40.
Over the next three days, James is going to have to fight for his spot on the Top 40 list, otherwise he may lose to the Eurovision winners for the second time in a week.
While there are a few other entries on the list, Iceland’s band Daði Freyr are the highest at the moment.
Currently, they rank number 49 on the Top 100 with their song 10 Years.
If Daði Freyr does achieve a Top 40 hit, it will be his second in two consecutive years.
Despite the ongoing battle for James Newman to remain at the top of his home country’s charts, he has recently spoken out about his next steps in the music industry.
After receiving nul points in the competition, James told his Twitter followers: “I want to focus on the positives of this amazing experience. I stood on a stage and sang to hundreds of millions of people with a song that I wrote and love.
“I learnt so much from the amazing people who gave everything to help me live my dream, the dancers, my choreographer, my vocal coach, everyone from my label, my manager and the BBC and all the people behind the scenes at Eurovision and the arena.”
“The times when it doesn’t play out how you hoped it might, teach you how to pick yourself up and be stronger.”
Maneskin’s win was the first triumph for Italy in 31 years. The country’s last win was in 1992 with band Toto Cutugno.
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