X Factor winner Leona debuts at the top of the Singles Chart this week with ‘A Moment Like This’ to claim the coveted Christmas Number One spot – quite an achievement, given the CD has only been on the shelves for 2 days and the download has only been available for 5 days.
Leona debuts 2 places higher than last year’s winner Shayne Ward, who sold more singles than Leona in the first 2 days but faced stronger competition from Mario Rosenstock and Nizlopi at the top of last year’s Christmas Chart. Akon and Eminem’s ‘Smack That’ drops one place to No2 after four weeks on top, still ahead of Take That who drop to No3 with ‘Patience’. Girls Aloud have the next new entry at No11 with their version of Tiffany’s 1988 chart-topper ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, their 14th Irish Top 20 single in just four years. This week’s Album Chart also sees an ‘X Factor’ effect, with both Westlife and Take That benefiting from their performances on Saturday’s Final: Westlife have the highest-selling Christmas No1 since The Beatles ‘1’ six years ago and extend their run at the top of the chart to five weeks, while Take That leap 7 places from No12 to No5 with ‘Beautiful World’. Il Divo climb from No4 to No2 with ‘Siempre’, matching the No2 peak of their self-titled first album in 2004 and surpassing the No3 peak of their second album ‘Ancora’ this time last year. U2 slip one place to No3 with ‘U218 Singles’, ahead of Mario Rosenstock’s ‘Gift Grub Vol 7’, down from No3 to No4.