On the 19th September 1997 Elton John’s Diana tribute ‘Candle In The Wind’ smashed the record for selling the most singles in a week in Ireland – 55,000 sales over the previous seven days. Thirteen years later Matt Cardle comes within 500 sales of beating that record with ‘When We Collide’ – this year’s Christmas No1.
Whereas ‘Candle In The Wind’ sold on CD (66%) and cassette (34%), the sales of ‘Where We Collide’ were split 91% CD and 9% download, handing Matt Cardle the accolade of best-selling CD single in Ireland over a week ever. Rubberbandits put up a heroic challenge to the X-Factor winner, trouncing their own record of the previous week to claim the best-selling download ever in a week with ‘Horse Outside’. Their overall sales, however, were less than half Matt Cardle’s tally so they remain runners-up in the Christmas race. (Contrary to rumour, one download sale is the same as one CD for chart compilation purposes).
Meanwhile on the Album Chart Take That claim their second Christmas No1 album in three years with ‘Progress’ - matching the success of ‘The Circus’ in December 2008. Rihanna’s ‘Loud’ is the Christmas runner-up, followed by The Script who climb two places to No3 with ‘Science & Faith’.
For the past three years blockbuster movies have dominated the Christmas Video Chart, but this year Dara O Briain takes the No1 honours with ‘This Is The Show’ – the first comedy Christmas No1 since Pat Shortt’s ‘You Won’t Get Away With That Here’ in 2006. ‘Inception’ and ‘Toy Story 3’ complete the festive Top 3, and the top Music Video is ‘The Official OMG It’s Jedward!’.