For the past five years the X-Factor winner has occupied the coveted Christmas No 1 spot on the Irish Singles Chart and this year is no exception as Little Mix hold on at the top for a second week with ‘Cannonball’ to take the festive crown.
The Saw Doctors collaboration with Petula Clark on her classic ‘Downtown’ provides the nearest challenge, entering the chart at No2 to match the No2 peak for her original 1965 release and improving on No14 for the 1988 re-issue. Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson drop one place to No3 with ‘Winter Song’, ahead of Coldplay who slip from No3 to No4 with ‘Paradise’. This week’s second highest new entry goes to YouTube sensation Alex Day for his self-released debut ‘Forever Yours’ which enters the chart at No20.
Michael Bublé celebrates his third Christmas No1 Album this week as ‘Christmas’ takes a fourth week at the top - having previously dominated the Christmas Charts in 2007 with ‘Call Me Irresponsible’ and 2009 with ‘Crazy Love’. After a truly record breaking year with 29 weeks at No1 and a further 9 weeks at No2, Adele’s ‘21’ climbs back to No2 from last week’s No8, while Westlife’s ‘Greatest Hits’ also makes a surge in the right direction, moving from No6 to No3. Olly Murs climbs a place to No4 with ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ while Rihanna’s ‘Talk That Talk’ drops two places to complete the Christmas Top 5.