Another X Factor Christmas Number One Featured

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X Factor winner Sam Bailey has officially claimed this year's UK Christmas Number One with her empowering cover of Demi Lovato's single, Skyscraper. Failed to see this one coming? Much like the Grinch who stole Christmas, this is the sixth year that Simon Cowell has influenced the top spot. Bailey's ballad sold 149,000 copies in total, making it one of the fastest selling singles of the year. Pharrell's Happy somehow charted at number two, leaving X Factor legend Leona Lewis to peak at number three with that annoyingly festive pop song, One More Sleep. In the album chart, Wrong Direction lost out to Robbie Williams by a mere 200 copies for claiming the Official Christmas Number One Album.  


It seems to me, that the race toward Christmas Number One has become more of a cringe-athon than anything else. Twenty years ago we had Mr. Blobby, and now we have Sam Bailey. Even Bob the Builder cemented a win in 2000 with Can We Fix It?. Nine years later, a successful Facebook campaign did fix the charts, seeing Rage Against The Machine outsell Joe McElderry. This year, a similar campaign has allowed AC/DC to claim their first ever UK Top Ten single as Highway To Hell reached number four. 


To pull another joke out of the cracker, Now That's What I Call Music! 85 is iTunes' top selling album of the year. A compilation outselling artistic masterpieces? And in the digital age? Come on. Thankfully, in spite of sales, iTunes named London Grammar's début, If You Wait, their Album of the Year. Now that's what I call well-deserved. Unsurprisingly, Daft Punk's Get Lucky won iTunes' Song of the Year, and sisterly trio, Haim, were celebrated as this year's Breakthrough Artist.  


It has to be said, that if you did contribute to the crime of another X Factor Christmas Number One, I'm forced to forgive you. Proceeds from the single will be split between Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Together For Short Lives. Happy Christmas, Sam Bailey!


Hayley Thompson

Music and writing make me happy, so I write about music.


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