Sunday 22 May 2022 11:04 PM Sony is accused of using 'dirty tricks' to ensure Harry Styles' new single As ... trends now

Sunday 22 May 2022 11:04 PM Sony is accused of using 'dirty tricks' to ensure Harry Styles' new single As ... trends now
Sunday 22 May 2022 11:04 PM Sony is accused of using 'dirty tricks' to ensure Harry Styles' new single As ... trends now

Sunday 22 May 2022 11:04 PM Sony is accused of using 'dirty tricks' to ensure Harry Styles' new single As ... trends now

Sony is accused of using 'dirty tricks' to ensure Harry Styles' new single As It Was won the charts battle against Britain's Eurovision hero Sam Ryder  Sony pushed physical CD's as they register more points to achieve the No 1 spot  Harry Styles, 28, notched up his seventh week at No 1 – with Sam Ryder at No 2  The hand- numbered CDs released on May 13, the first day of the chart week Eurovision star Sam overtook Harry in the midweek charts so was on track to win

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 Harry Styles' record company has been accused of using 'dirty tricks' to ensure his single won the charts battle with Eurovision hero Sam Ryder .

Industry sources say Sony was determined to have the former One Direction star's track, As It Was, in top spot as his new album Harry's House was released this weekend.

To help drive sales, the company released limited-edition hand- numbered CDs on May 13, the first day of the chart week which runs from Friday to Friday.

Just as Styles' website began distributing the limited records for £2.49 – 70p more than a standard CD – excitement about Ryder's track Spaceman and its prospects of winning Eurovision the following day was growing.

Critics suggest that Sony calculated that because physical CD sales register more points towards achieving the No 1 spot than the purchase of a stream, they could secure victory by promoting the hand-numbered

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