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‘X Factor’ winner Alexandra Burke’s ‘Hallelujah’ breaks download record

The song is set to become the show's biggest-selling release

‘X Factor’ winner Alexandra Burke is on course to claim the UK’s Christmas Number One single position through download sales alone.

Burke‘s cover of Leonard Cohen[a/]’s ‘Hallelujah’ has already become retailer HMV‘s fastest-ever selling download, despite only being on sale for little over 24 hours.

HMV spokesperson Gennaro Castaldo said that the single is likely to sell hundreds of thousands of copies before it officially charts next Sunday (December 21).

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‘Hallelujah’ promises to be the biggest ‘X Factor’ release yet, and the chances are that Alexandra will have the Christmas Number One single in the bag even before her CD single officially hits the stores in midweek,” said Castaldo.

Burke‘s biggest rival for the Number One position is set to be comedian Peter Kay‘s alter-ego Geraldine McQueen, who releases ‘Once Upon A Christmas Song’ today (December 15).

Meanwhile, [a]Jeff Buckley’s version of ‘Hallelujah’ also looks likely to feature in next week’s chart, after rising to Number 30 yesterday. NME.COM reported last week (December 9) that Buckley fans were campaigning to get his song to Number One.

One Facebook group dedicated to the cause currently has over 35,000 members, who are being encouraged to download Buckley‘s version of the song this week. It originally appeared on his 1994 debut album ‘Grace’.

Find out more about the history of ‘Hallelujah’ at NME.COM/PHOTOS. You can also watch different versions of the song, and debate whose ‘Hallelujah’ is the best, on the NME Office Blog.

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