X Factor winner Sam Bailey claims Official Christmas Number One

The former prison officer reaches the top spot with Demi Lovato cover

X Factor winner Sam Bailey has claimed this year’s Official Christmas Number One in the Official UK Singles Chart.

Her cover of Demi Lovato’s ‘Skyscraper’ has knocked Lily Allen‘s version of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ off the top spot and held off competition from Pharrell’s ‘Happy’, which charted at Number Two this week, reports the Official Charts Company. Bailey outsold the Neptunes man’s effort by more than two copies to one, making it one of the fastest selling singles of the year, selling 149,000 in total.

Leona Lewis stays at Number Three with her Christmas single ‘One More Sleep’, whilst this week’s Number Four, AC/DC, have claimed their first ever UK Top Ten single after a Facebook campaign tried to get their classic track ‘Highway To Hell’ to Number One. Avicii complete the Top Five with ‘Hey Brother’.


In the Official UK Albums Chart, Robbie Williams has stayed at Number One with his swing album ‘Swings Both Ways’ to take the Official Christmas Number One Album, mirroring his achievement with his previous swing record, ‘Swing When You’re Winning’, in 2001. Embroiled in a close battle with One Direction‘s ‘Midnight Memories’ and former Take That bandmate Gary Barlow’s ‘Since I Saw You Last’ for much of the week, Williams edged into poll position, beating the 2010 X Factor contestants by a mere 200 copies. Barlow finished at Number Three.

All three albums have sold 116,000 copies over the last seven days, with ‘Swings Both Ways’ and ‘Midnight Memories’ each having sold over 126,000 sales each since their release. One Direction could now overtake Emeli Sandé’s ‘Our Version Of Events’ as 2013’s overall biggest selling album of the year if their sales continue between now and the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Olly Murs’ ‘Right Place Right Time’ remains at Number Four this week, whilst Beyoncé’s surprise self-titled album stays at Number Five.


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