Sam Bailey scores Christmas number one


X Factor winner Sam Bailey has topped the charts with her single ‘Skyscraper’.

After winning the singing contest on ITV last Saturday, her cover of Demi Lovato’s track was announced as number one in the mid-week charts on Wednesday, and has now become 2013’s Christmas number one.

Beating off competition from Leona Lewis, Lily Allen and Pharrell, Bailey is the sixth X Factor winner to claim the Christmas top spot, selling 149,000 copies of her track. Matt Cardle was the last winner of the ITV talent show to achieve the Christmas number one in 2010.

The track had already sold over 67,000 copies by Wednesday’s mid-week chart update, outselling nearest rival Pharrell by 2.5 copies to one. A physical copy of the single was released on Wednesday (18th December). All profits from the single will be split between Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Together For Short Lives.

Lily Allen dropped from number one to six, while an internet campaign gave AC/DC their first ever UK top 10 single. Ellie Goulding spent her ninth week in the top 10 with her Children In Need single ‘How Long Will I Love You?’.

The album chart remained unchanged, with Robbie Williams scoring the best-selling album of the week with Swings Both Ways, followed by One Direction’s Midnight Memories at number two, and Gary Barlow’s Since I Saw You Last at number three. Olly Murs’ re-release of Right Place, Right Time charted at four, while Beyoncé’s self-titled fifth studio album remained at number five for a second week. Despite being held from the number one spot by Robbie Williams, Midnight Memories is now the biggest selling album of the year in the UK.

The rest of the top 10 was as follows:

10. One Direction – ‘Story Of My Life’
9. Eminem feat. Rihanna – ‘The Monster’
8. Jason Derulo – ‘Trumpets’
7. Ellie Goulding – ‘How Long Will I Love You?’
6. Lily Allen – ‘Somewhere Only We Know’
5. Avicii – ‘Hey Brother’
4. AC/DC – ‘Highway To Hell’
3. Leona Lewis – ‘One More Sleep’
2. Pharrell – ‘Happy’
1. Sam Bailey – ‘Skyscraper’

Earlier this week, it was announced that Sam Bailey will support Beyoncé at Birmingham’s LG Arena on 24th February.


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