Children in Need warns album reclassification could hurt donations

The charity says moving the Got it Covered album to the compilation chart means it will not be promoted as widely

The decision to move a Children In Need album from the official album chart to the compilation chart could mean it raises less money, the chief executive of the charity has warned.

Simon Antrobus said he was "deeply saddened" that the charity’s album, Got It Covered, which features a range of critically acclaimed actors performing cover versions of their favourite songs, had been removed from the official album chart, where it was on course to be this week’s best-selling album.

On Wednesday, the Official Charts Company moved the album into the official compilation chart, saying it did not conform to the rules for the album chart, which say that all tracks should be performed by a single group or cast.

Stars including Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Suranne Jones, Adrian Lester, David Tennant and Jodie Whittaker contributed to the album and £1.50 from the sale of each copy will go to Children in Need. 

Although the company said the album was likely to take the top slot in the compilation chart, the charity expressed concerns that, because the compilation chart was less well-known, the move would limit the album’s fundraising power. 

Antrobus said: "I’m deeply saddened that the industry has chosen to pull the album from the number-one race after announcing it was well on its way to securing the top spot this week.

"Got It Covered is the result of an inspiring collaboration by some of the UK’s biggest stars in support of disadvantaged children and young people, and this very special project has clearly captured the public’s imagination.

"It’s sad that a charity album solely for the benefit of children should be denied the chance for further promotion and celebration, which inevitably would lead to more money being raised."

In a statement, the Official Charts Company apologised for not picking up the error earlier, but said it was a huge achievement to take the number-one slot on the compilation chart. 

"We understand and sympathise with Children In Need’s concerns that its album will no longer feature in the UK’s artist albums chart," the statement said. 

"Got It Covered was described to us pre-release as an artist album, but on release it was clear that it was a various artists compilation, as it is widely credited as across retail and music services.

"We are sorry this fact was not picked up sooner. We are huge supporters of all the incredible and important work Children In Need does and would urge everyone to continue to go out and buy the album.

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