‘X Factor’ winner James Arthur claims year’s biggest first-week sales total in UK Singles Chart

Reality show winner's track 'Impossible' clocks up 490,000 sales

X Factor winner James Arthur‘s song ‘Impossible’ has become the fastest-selling single of the year after shifting 490,000 copies and claiming the Number One spot in the UK Singles Chart this evening (December 16).

According to data from the Official Charts Company, Arthur – who won the reality show earlier this month – smashed 2012’s previous biggest first week total of 152,000, which was achieved by Cheryl Cole’s ‘Call My Name’ in June. His track also outsold the debut single from last year’s X Factor winners, Little Mix, by more than two copies to one after the girl band sold 210,000 copies of their track ‘Cannonball’ in 2011.

Speaking about his success, Arthur said: “To everyone from home and around Britain who bought the single, thank you very, very much. You’ve made my dreams come true. The fact that it was in aid of Together For Short Lives, which is a great cause and a great charity, I think that really helped. My Number 1 Award is going to go on my mantelpiece and I’ll probably kiss it for two weeks solid every time I pass it!”

Elsewhere, will.i.am’s collaboration with Britney Spears, ‘Scream & Shout’, was another new entry at Number Two while Bruno Mars’ ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ slipped to Number Three. Last week’s Number One, Gabrielle Aplin with her cover of ‘The Power Of Love’, fell to Number Four while Olly Murs and Flo Rida are at Number Five with ‘Troublemaker’.

In the albums chart, meanwhile, Bruno Mars also claimed a new record for 2012 as his effort ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ became the fastest selling solo album of the year so far, debuting at Number One with sales of 136,000. Olly Murs’ Right Place Right Time’ fell to Number Two, while Michael Buble’s festive LP ‘Christmas’ also dropped a place to Number Three. Emeli Sande’s ‘Our Version Of Events’ and Rod Stewart’s ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’ rounded out the Top Five.