Louisa Johnson has achieved the lowest chart entry position for an X Factor winner in its 12-year history
Rising grime MC Stormzy has leapt 99 places up the UK Singles Chart with his freestyle single ‘Shut Up’, to beat X Factor winner Louisa Johnson.
The single, which reached number 8 in this week’s chart, beat Louisa Johnson’s cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’ by one place.
‘Shut Up’ started climbing the charts after Stormzy played British boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua into the ring in his fight against Dillian Whyte on Saturday (December 12).
Stormzy himself then launched a campaign to get the single to Number One for Christmas next week, and bookies slashed odds of the feat to 10/1 – ahead of Adele’s ‘Hello’ (25/1), but behind Louisa Johnson’s ‘Forever Young’ (8/11). On Sunday Stormzy’s single sat at Number 27.
Speaking to Lad Bible, Stormzy said of the campaign: “I don’t know, man. I’m a bit crazy so sometimes I just get these mad ideas that, on paper, aren’t even possible. But in my head I just think ‘yeah, fuck it, let’s do it.'”
Asked what he would do if he did get to Number One, he responded: “I’d have a party and pop some bottles and make a video being like “aaaaahaha fuck it”. I’m all about the banter, that’s my problem.”
It is the first time an X Factor winner’s song has entered the UK Singles Chart at a position below Number Two. The result follows a report that 2015’s Series 12 scored the show’s lowest viewing figures since it began in 2004.
Elsewhere in the chart, Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ and ‘Sorry’ hold first and second place respectively, making him the first artist to hold the first and second place on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks running. Adele rounds out the top three with ‘Hello’.