The U.K.'s coveted Christmas No. 1 single was confirmed today (Christmas Day) as "A Bridge Over You" (Emubands) by the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir. It won the most closely-fought race for the festive honors since 2009, narrowly beating Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" (Def Jam/Universal) to the top spot. Adele's 25 (XL Recordings) started a fifth week atop the album chart.
The NHS Choir single, a mash-up of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Coldplay's "Fix You," was recorded in recognition of the work done by doctors, nurses and others in the National Health Service; funds are going to charities including Carers U.K. and Mind. The choir began the sales week ahead of Bieber, who then went into the lead by midweek only to see "A Bridge Over You" surge ahead to finish the week with combined chart sales of 127,000, versus 97,000 for "Love Yourself."