Another X Factor Xmas


For an eighth consecutive year the winner of ITV's X Factor seizes the coveted Christmas No1 Single crown in Ireland. Sam Bailey debuts at the top with her version of Demi Lovato's 'Skyscraper'.

Lily Allen dips to No2 after four weeks at No1 with 'Somewhere Only We Know', ahead of Ellie Goulding who leaps from No15 to No3 with 'How Long Will I Love You'. Her appearance on the X Factor Final also gives a boost to 'Burn' at No21 and 'Anything Could Happen' at No28. The only 'Christmas Classics' in this week's Top 30 are The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl's 'Fairytale Of New York' at No13 and Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' at No15. It's a quiet week for brand new entries, but there are several re-entries: Ed Sheeran's Hobbit track 'I See Fire' is back at No20, AC/DC's 'Highway To Hell' returns to the chart at No23 after a twenty-one year break (having peaked at No12 in 1992)and Tom Odell's 'Another Love' is at No24.

Three weeks ago One Direction debuted at the top of the Album Chart with their third album 'Midnight Memories'. Since then they've held a commanding lead over all challengers and this week they take a fourth week at the top to claim the Christmas No1. Gary Barlow climbs a place to claim the runner-up position at No2 with 'Since I Saw You Last'. Beyoncé surprised the world with the sudden digital release of her self-titled fifth solo album, and it debuts in third position this week, despite the fact that there is no physical release yet. Two of her previous albums debuted at No1 - 'Dangerously In Love' in 2003 and '4' in 2011 - while 'B'Day' and 'I Am...Sasha Fierce' both arrived at No3. Two of this week's high climbers benefit from an X Factor appearances: Ellie Goulding leaps nineteen places from No23 to No4 with 'Halcyon Days' and The Killers climb from No19 to No12 with 'Direct Hits'.

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