'X Factor' Winner Ben Haenow Grabs Christmas No. 1 in U.K.

British singer Ben Haenow, who won the 11th series of “The X Factor” Dec. 14, has landed the U.K.’s coveted Christmas No. 1 spot with his debut single “Something I Need” (Syco Music/Sony). His cover of the OneRepublic song had a combined chart sales figure of 214,000, reported the Official Charts Company in data published last night (Dec. 21). Ed Sheeran’s X (Asylum/Warner Music) sold 214,000 last week, the highest weekly total for any individual artist album in the U.K. this year, to continue at the top of the album chart.

Haenow, from Croydon in south London, had his single rush released last Monday as a download, with a CD version physically issued on Wednesday. Proceeds from the single are going to the charity Together for Short Lives. “Something I Need” thus returns the second-highest weekly total of any U.K. single this year, behind the 313,000 opening tally for Band Aid 30’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI/Universal) last month.

Last week’s new entry at No. 1, Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” (Columbia/Sony), featuring Bruno Mars, fell to runner-up spot, despite becoming the all-time most-streamed track in the market, with close to 2.34 million streams. Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” No. 1 two weeks ago, fell 2-3, as “Up” (Epic/Sony) by Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato, racing 43-4. 

The Wealdstone Raider, the online identity of the YouTube sensation born Gordon Hill, entered at No. 5 with “Got No Fans” (Wealdstone). The highest-placed festive song on the Christmas chart, the Pogues “Fairytale of New York” (Rhino/Warner), featuring Kirsty MacColl, stayed at No. 11; the only other new entry in the top 40 was “Go All Night” (Virgin EMI/Universal) by Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson, at No. 14.

Sheeran retains the album crown ahead of Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal), which held at No. 2, with Murs’ Never Been Better steady at No. 3. Michael Bublé’s Christmas (Reprise/Warner Music) rose 10-7 and Barbra Streisand’s Partners (Columbia/Sony) was back up 12-9. Now That’s What I Call Music! 89 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) tops the compilation chart for a fourth week.


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