Leona Lewis breaks UK Singles Chart record

Former X Factor winner becomes first British female act in UK chart history to earn eight Top Five hit singles

Leona Lewis has become the first female British act in Official UK Singles Chart history to earn eight Top Five hit singles.

Lewis, who won The X Factor in 2006, entered the chart behind Lily Allen and Avicii this week with her Christmas single ‘One More Sleep’, giving her the eighth Top Five hit of her career. This is a record for a British female solo artist.

Lewis was previously tied on seven UK Top Five hits with Olivia Newton-John but surpassed her this weekend. Petula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Cilla Black, Geri Halliwell, Louise, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding are in joint third place with six solo Top Five hits each. “The support from my fans has been tremendous,” Lewis told the Official Charts Company. “I could not do this without them!”

Leona Lewis’s other Top Five hits are, in chronological order, ‘A Moment Like This’, ‘Bleeding Love’, ‘Better In Time’/’Footprints In The Sand’, ‘Forgive Me’, ‘Run’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Collide’.

Lily Allen’s cover of Keane‘s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, which has been used in the John Lewis Christmas advert, maintained its position in the top spot this week and will now go into the race for Christmas Number One, the winner of which will be revealed on BBC Radio 1 this Sunday (December 22).