Ben Haenow edges ahead of Mark Ronson in race for Christmas Number One

'X Factor' winner's single is currently in the top spot after 24 hours on sale

X Factor winner Ben Haenow is Number One with his single ‘Something I Need’ currently ahead of Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ as the race for this year’s Christmas Number One heats up.

Haenow’s single, written by Ryan Tedder of One Republic, is currently in the lead after 24 hours on sale with the song having been downloaded 75,000 times. Official Chart Company data shows that as of midnight on December 15 Ronson’s single is 23,000 sales behind.

The physical version of Haenow’s single arrives in stores and supermarkets tomorrow while streaming data is still to be factored in to the overall sales figures. ‘Uptown Funk’ is the second most streamed track of the week on audio streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer, O2 Tracks and more, just behind Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’.

‘Uptown Funk’ was streamed 1.35m times last week, and with 100 streams equating to one purchase on the Official Chart, this contributed 13,500 additional sales. Streams of the single this week are reportedly tracking higher still, and could make an even larger contribution to Ronson’s total sales figure.

Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said: “The week of the Christmas Number One race is always among the most exciting in the Official Singles Chart calendar – and early data indicates that we have a genuine battle on our hands in 2014. By Sunday, we will know who has won out – but, for the moment, the race is on!”

However, Ronson told NME this week that he would feel “guilty” if he were to be Number One this Christmas and that he wishes “he had enough time to make a Christmas version of his single”.
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