MAD CHRISTMAS

Michael Andrews and Gary Jules' version of the Tears For Fears track leaves The Darkness out in the cold...

‘MAD WORLD’ by MICHAEL ANDREWS and GARY JULES scooped the Christmas number one spot in the UK singles chart today (December 21) despite strong competition from THE DARKNESS’ ’CHRISTMAS TIME (DON’T LET THE BELLS END)’ and OZZY and KELLY OSBOURNE’s ’CHANGES’.

The track ‘Mad World’, originally recorded by Tears For Fears on their 1982 album ‘The Hurting’, reached new audiences when it was re-recorded by the relatively unknown Andrews and Jules and included in the cult film ‘Donnie Darko’.

The race for the coveted Christmas number one was close throughout the week, though it was The Darkness that led the way in the mid-week charts – causing bookies to tip them as favourites. However Lowestoft’s spandex-rockers had to settle for second place in today’s run-down.

Ozzy and Kelly’s ‘Changes’ fell from the top of the charts to number three this week, whilst a handful of new entries hit the Top Ten.

Bo Selecta’s ‘Proper Chrimbo’ entered the charts at four, The Idols’ ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ at five, Atomic Kitten’s ‘Ladies Night’ at eight and Sugababes’ ’Too Lost In You’ crept in at 10.

Other new entries included Blue’s cover of ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours’ featuring Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone narrowly missing out on a Top Ten hit at 11 and G-Unit’s ‘Stunt 101’ entering in at 29.

Elsewhere in the charts, Fast Food Rocker’s attempt at a Christmas number one fell very short with ‘I Love Christmas’ debuting at 25, while OutKast’s ‘Hey Ya’ re-entered the Top Twenty at 16.

In the album charts, the top three LPs remained the same as last week, with Dido’s ‘Life For Rent’ holding onto number one, Will Young’s ‘Friday’s Child’ at two and ’Number Ones’ by Michael Jackson at three.