December 18, 2012 12:11

James Arthur ahead of Hillsborough charity single in race for Christmas Number One

X Factor winner narrowly leading festive chart battle

James Arthur ahead of Hillsborough charity single in race for Christmas Number One

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X Factor winner James Arthur is narrowly ahead of the Hillsborough charity single in the race for this year's Christmas Number One.

Official Chart Company data shows that Arthur's track 'Impossible', which is currently Number One after becoming the fastest selling single of the year so far, is 3,000 sales ahead of The Justice Collective's cover of 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' by The Hollies. The Justice Collective features a star-studded line up including Sir 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.

Official Charts Company’s Managing Director, Martin Talbot said in a statement: "While James Arthur has an early lead over The Justice Collective after just two days of sales, it is exceptionally tight – especially with Christmas gift purchases likely to impact on both releases as the week progresses. It looks like being an extremely exciting race for this year’s Official Christmas Number One."

James Arthur's 'Impossible', which sold over 490,000 copies in its first week on sale, has already sold 76,000 copies so far this week. Money raised by the single will go to children's charity Together For Short Lives.

The official Christmas Number One single will be revealed on BBC Radio 1 this Sunday (December 23).

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