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Hillsborough single takes 'critical lead' in Christmas No.1 race

Tom Pakinkis
Official Charts Company

Hillsborough charity single He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother has taken a “critical lead” over James Arthur’s Impossible, according to the Official Charts Company, in what it describes as “the tightest ever battle for the Official Christmas Number 1.”

The Guy Chambers produced Justice Collective Hillsborough charity single - featuring Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Melanie C among others - was originally trailing The X Factor 2012 winner's single, based on the first three days of sales data.

Yesterday, James Arthur's Impossible was just over 3,000 sales ahead of He Ain't Heavy… (based on sales to midnight on Monday), but this morning the positions have flipped, with The Justice Collective’s track taking a 3,400 sales lead (based on sales up until midnight last night).

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother has sold over 109,700 copies so far this week, against Impossible’s sales of 106,300.

"This really is the closest No.1 battle we can remember - even closer than the legendary 2009 battle between Rage Against The Machine and Joe McElderry,” said Official Charts Company MD Martin Talbot. “The poll concludes at midnight on Saturday night (December 22), so there is a long way to go yet - but this one looks like going down to the wire."

In 2009, Rage Against The Machine's Killing In The Name and Joe McElderry's The Climb were never closer than 8,000 sales from each other, with RATM extending their final lead to almost 52,000 by the end of the week - 503,000 to 451,000.

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

The official video for The Justice Collective single is below

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Tags: Official single chart, Official Charts Company, christmas no.1

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