The first of the four, a remake of Mariah Carey's Hero, benefitted Help For Heroes and The Poppy Appeal, and sold 313,244 copies the week of its 2008 release credited to The X Factor Finalists. A year on, The X Factor Finalists 2009's recording of Michael Jackson's You Are Not Alone reached number one on sales of 193,176, with proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Hospital. And last year, Help For Heroes was the beneficiary as David Bowie's Heroes topped the chart on sales of 144,014 for The X Factor Finalists 2010.
The only major hit written by the late Billie Rae Calvin of the group Undisputed Truth, Wishing On A Star is a chart veteran, with Rose Royce's original, supremely soulful 1978 recording reaching number three, Fresh 4 feat. Lizz E's trip-hop take on the tune getting to number 10 in 1989, The Cover Girls' fairly faithful 1992 revival cresting to number 38, a jungle-istic version by 88.3 feat Lisa May running out of steam at number 65 in 1995, Jay-Z's 1998 rap re-invention, with a cameo from original Rose Royce vocalist Gwen Dickey, climbing to number 11, and Paul Weller's blue-eyed soul boy reading reaching number 13 in 2004. It's impossible to prove but The X Factor Finalists may have fared even better if they'd released the similarly celestial When You Wish Upon A Star, as performed in their Marks & Spencer Christmas advertisement.
The main casualty of The X Factor Finalists' number one debut is the show's 2009 runner-up Olly Murs, whose latest single, Dance With Me Tonight is runner-up for the second week in a row, selling a further 62,417 copies.. The track which denied it top billing last week, We Found Love, slips to number three for Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris, while selling a further 51,961 copies.
It's not the only Rihanna track to decline week-on-week. The singer had 20 songs in the Top 200 last week - a 10% stake - but is down to just nine this week, with those that remain all in decline: In the Top 75, Take Care, by Drake feat. Rihanna slips 9-11 (24,548 sales); You Da One ebbs 39-40 (7,232 sales); and Talk That Talk by Rihanna feat. Jay-Z falls 25-47 (6,056 sales). Although Only Girl (In The World) is not exempt from the downward drift, its 127-154 fall is accompanied by sales of 1,669 copies - enough to lift it over the million mark (1,000,514). It's the 108th million seller in singles history, and the second in a row featuring Rihanna, arriving six weeks after Love The Way You Lie by Eminem feat. Rihanna.
Who You Are becomes the fourth Top 10 single from Jessie J's debut album of the same title, after she performed it on The X Factor Results Show eight days ago. The track tumbled 28-37 last week but now jumps to number eight, with sales more than trebling to 29,103. It helps J's album to improve 29-19, with sales up 107.67% week-on-week at 25,922.
Jason Derulo's Fight For You also makes a big leap, jumping 43-15 (17,592 sales). The third hit from Derulo's second album, Future History, following Don't Wanna Go Home (number one) and It Girl (number four), it is based on Toto's hit Africa, and help the album to a modest 123-112 climb, with sales up 44.15% week-on-week at 2,804.
Emeli Sande reached number two with debut solo hit Heaven in August and topped the chart last month as featured vocalist on Professor Green's Read All About It. Her new single, Daddy, debuts at number 21 (13,945 sales).
Lady GaGa has performed latest single Marry The Night on several primetime shows, and the song has a major radio profile but it is struggling. After entering the chart at number 18 a fortnight ago, it stalled last week and inches up to number 16, although its sales are off 28.10% week-on-week (16,798). The sixth Top 20 success from GaGa's current album Born This Way, its performance is reflected in the fortunes of the album itself, which climbed to number 14 a fortnight ago on the heels of the release of the remix edition but now falls 18-21 (25,422 sales).
Overall singles sales are down 3.06% week-on-week at 3,090,499 - 5.30% above same week 2010 sales of 2,934,813.