As the eighth series of the X Factor draws to a close Little Mix emerge as this year’s winner with their cover of Damien Rice’s ‘Cannonball’ firing them straight to the top of the Singles Chart with the highest single week’s sales of the year. With just one week to go to the official Christmas Chart, Little Mix will hope to emulate the success of the last five X Factor winners who also went straight in at the top of the Chart and who all held on to the top spot to take the Xmas No 1 title.
Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson have to be content with another week at No2 with ‘Winter Song’, while after 14 weeks on the chart Coldplay finally make the Top 10 with ‘Paradise’ climbing 11 places to No3, fuelled by their appearance on the X Factor Final show. Monahan’s Ryan Sheridan also has a healthy climb up the chart this week as ‘Walking In The Air’ jumps from No31 to enter the Top 10 at No8 – improving on his last release ‘Jigsaw’ which peaked at No11. Leona Lewis benefits from her X Factor appearance, debuting at No15 with her cover of Trent Reznor's ‘Hurt’, while Damien Rice is also touched by the X Factor effect as his original ‘Cannonball’ re-enters the chart at No 19.
Michael Bublé continues to head the pack on this week’s Album Chart with his third week at No1 with ‘Christmas’ ahead of One Direction’s ‘Up All Night’ stationary at No2 and Rihanna’s ‘Talk That Talk’ also holding fast at No3. Amy Winehouse moves up two places with ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ from No6 to No4 while Olly Murs completes the Top 5 with ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’. This week’s only new entry is at No30 for The Bee Gees with their re-issued ‘Number Ones’ collection.