The Justice Collective's 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' pips 'Impossible' to take coveted Christmas top spot

The Justice Collective‘s Hillsborough charity song has beaten X Factor winner James Arthur to claim the 2012 Christmas Number One single.

The track, a cover of The Hollies’ ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, has taken the top spot in the Official Christmas Singles Chart by selling over 269,000 copies, according to the Official Chart Company.

The Justice Collective, who feature a star-studded line-up including Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith, Melanie C, Holly Johnson, Shane MacGowan, The Farm’s Peter Hooton, and Gerry And The Pacemakers’ Gerry Marsden, beat James Arthur by 45,000 copies.

Arthur, who won the 2012 UK version of the X Factor, began the week at the top of the UK Singles Chart, but, despite shifting another 224,000 copies of his debut single ‘Impossible’ in its second week in the chart, he was unable to hold on and finishes the week at Number Two.

Elsewhere, ‘Scream & Shout’, Will.i.am’s collaboration with Britney Spears is down one spot to Number Three, Rihanna is at Number Four with ‘Stay’ and Bruno Mars completes the Christmas Top 5 with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’.

Of the seasonal novelty singles released, East London market trader One Pound Fish Man, aka Muhammad Shahid Nazir, will be celebrating as his debut single ‘One Pound Fish’ makes it into the Top 40 at Number 29.

Meanwhile, in the Official UK Album Chart, following her performance at last weekend’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, Emeli Sande has returned to the top as her debut record ‘Our Version Of Events’ is the 2012 Christmas Number One album.

Olly Murs holds firm at Number Two with ‘Right Place Right Time’, Michael Buble’s ‘Chirstmas’ is at Number Three, ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ by Bruno Mars is down three places to Number Four and Neil Diamond’s ‘The Very Best Of…’ is at Number Five.