X Factor’s Mission Impossible


In the penultimate chart before Christmas, X Factor Series 9 winner James Arthur storms straight to the top of the Singles Chart with his cover of Shontelle’s minor 2010 hit ‘Impossible’. Unlike previous winners’ debut releases, this is a charity single (in aid of Together For Short Lives) and the opening week’s sales in Ireland are ahead of all the other eight winners except for Alexandra Burke (2008) and Matt Cardle (2010).

‘Tiny Dancer – A Song For Lily-Mae’ dips to No2 despite a 27% increase in sales and remains well ahead of the next challenger – The Lumineers with ‘Ho Hey’ at No3. Bruno Mars has now spent two months in the Top 30 with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ and this week climbs to a new high of No4, up from No7 last week. The influence of the X Factor Final permeates the chart this week, with new entries for all three musical guests: Rihanna at No15 with ‘Stay’, One Direction at No24 with ‘Kiss You’ and Emeli Sandé at No38 with ‘Clown’. There’s even a re-appearance for Shontelle with her original version of ‘Impossible’ at No28, well ahead of the previous No44 peak. Finally, there’s a non X Factor-related new entry at No21 for Marina & The Diamonds with ‘How To Be A Heartbreaker’ – her third Irish hit following ‘Hollywood’ in 2010 and ‘Primadonna’ earlier this year.

One Direction hold at No1 on the Album Chart with ‘Take Me Home’ for a fifth consecutive week since release, ahead of Michael Bublé ’s ‘Christmas’ at No2 and Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic’ at No3. Bruno Mars has this week’s highest new entry at No4 with his second album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’, the follow-up to his multi-platinum debut ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ which reached No1 in Ireland back in January 2011 and has since spent more than a year in the Top 30. With new releases thin on the ground, the only other new entry in this week’s chart is for Green Day with the third in their trilogy of recent albums ‘¡Tre!’ at No37– compared with No3 for ‘¡Uno!’ in September and No11 for ‘¡Dos!’ in November.

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