Hillsborough single extends lead in Christmas No.1 race

Tom Pakinkis
Xmas No.1

The Justice Collective’s cover of He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother has increased its lead over James Arthur’s Impossible after its first four days on sale, according to Official Charts Company data.

The single that features an all-star singing cast is raising funds and awareness for the ongoing legal battle of the families of the Hillsborough tragedy, started the week trailing the X Factor winner by 3,000 copies.

The Justice Collective moved ahead of James Arthur by 3,400, yesterday and today they have extended their lead to 14,000 copies with sales of 146,000 against Arthur’s 132,000.

The Official Charts Company’s MD, Martin Talbot said: "This is the closest Number 1 battle we can remember,” he added that "it is even closer than 2009 battle between Rage Against The Machine and Joe McElderry."

The Official Christmas Number 1 will be revealed on BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart Show with Reggie Yates and the full Top 100 will be posted on www.officialcharts.com this Sunday (December 23).

James Arthur’s Impossible is now the seventh biggest selling debut single by an X Factor artist of all time, after only 11 days.

In a week and a half, it has overtaken the lifetime sales of Little Mix’s Cannonball (Number 10), 2007 winner Leon Jackson’s When You Believe (Number 9) and JLS’s Beat Again (Number 8) with sales of over 622,000. He now has his sights firmly set on overtaking One Direction’s debut single, What Makes You Beautiful (781,000).


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