Only Steve Brookstein's Phil Collins cover sold less in its first week…
Little Mix‘s cover of the Damien Rice track ‘Cannonball’ is the lowest-selling single from an X Factor winner since 2004.
The four-piece girl band, who triumphed in the final of the reality show earlier this month (December 11), claimed the Number One spot in the Official UK Singles Chart last night (December 18) and outsold the rest of the Top Five put together.
But The Guardian reports that even though they racked up the biggest first week sales figures of 2011, their track still sold less copies than any of the other previous X Factor winners, with the exception of Steve Brookstein’s 2004 cover of the Phil Collins track ‘Against All Odds’.
Little Mix’s cover of ‘Cannonball’ shifted 210,000 copies, placing it ahead of Brookstein’s figures of 127,701 but well behind the likes of last year’s winner Matt Cardle, whose single ‘When We Collide’ sold 439,007 copies, and 2005 winner Shane Ward, who racked up the biggest first week sales with 742,180 units shifted.
Last week, it was revealed that this year’s final of The X Factor lost nearly four million viewers when compared to last year’s finale. Figures showed that 15.5 million people tuned in to see Little Mix win the competition, as opposed to the 19.4 million who watched Matt Cardle take victory in the final in 2010.