For a seventh consecutive year the X Factor claims the Christmas No1 Singles crown in Ireland, as James Arthur follows in the footsteps of Leona Lewis, Leon Jackson, Alexandra Burke, Joe McElderry, Matt Cardle and Little Mix. His version of ‘Impossible’ is the third best-selling Christmas single since sales records began in 1992 (behind Matt Cardle and Joe McElderry).
Despite a huge increase in sales, ‘Tiny Dancer – A Song For Lily-Mae’ takes a second week at No2 and has the distinction of being the best-selling No2 single in Ireland ever. There’s a new entry at No4 for The Justice Collective with ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, released in support of Hillsborough disaster charities. The three highest seasonal songs in this year’s Christmas Chart also featured last year: ‘Fairytale Of New York’ at No12 (No8 last year), ‘Winter Song’ at No18 (No3 last year) and ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ at No25 (No24 last year).
On the Album Chart the Christmas No1 honours go to One Direction with ‘Take Me Home’, capping an extraordinary year for the third-placed 2010 X Factor finalists –two No1 albums in the USA, MTV and BRIT awards and a sell-out world tour. Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ holds on at No2 while Bruno Mars climbs up to third place with ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’.
There’s no surprises on the Compilation Chart as ‘Now 83’ holds at No1, which means that the ‘Now’ series has held the No1 spot at Christmas every year since this chart was set up in 1999 – an incredible 14 years in a row. The nearest challenger is ‘Now That’s What I Call Christmas’ at No2, ahead of ‘A Murray Christmas’ at No3.
Despite only being released on Monday, ‘Love/Hate: Series 1-3’ heads the Video Chart by a sales margin of 3:1 over the No2 title ‘Ted’. Retailing at €24.99, this box set is the highest-grossing entertainment product of this year’s Christmas week.