Ward, Eminem Rule U.K. Christmas Charts
Shayne Ward, the winner of last week's "The X Factor" TV talent series, achieved the much-sought Christmas No. 1 single in the U.K. with "That's My Goal" (Syco Music/Sony BMG). The single sold a remarShayne Ward, the Manchester-born winner of last week's "The X Factor" TV talent series, achieved the much-sought Christmas No. 1 single in the U.K. with "That's My Goal" (Syco Music/Sony BMG). The single sold a remarkable 742,000 copies in just four days since Wednesday to take the crown. Eminem's "Curtain Call" compilation (Interscope) is the Christmas No. 1 album, beginning its fourth week at the top. He also got a new hit single for Christmas, as "When I'm Gone" entered at No. 5.
Ward's instant success prevented underdogs Nizlopi from maintaining the top spot with their novelty ballad "JCB Song" (FDM), which had entered the chart at No. 1 last week. "New" at No. 3 was one of the traditionally most-played records of the festive season, "Fairytale of New York" (Warner Bros.) by the Pogues featuring the late Kirsty MacColl. The track was a No. 2 hit in 1987, held bsck only by the Pet Shop Boys' "Always on My Mind." It also reached No. 36 on a previous reissue in 1991.
Also new in the festive top 10 were Girls Aloud, whose cover of Dee C. Lee's 1985 ballad "See the Day" (Polydor) opened at No. 9, and Coldplay, whose "Talk" (Parlophone) came in at No. 10. There was a No. 11 entry for James Blunt's "Goodbye My Lover," from his debut album, "Back to Bedlam," which rebounded 4-2 in its 27th week on the album chart.
The album survey showed little other movement, with Coldplay's "X&Y" up 14-11 and former Blue member Simon Webbe's "Sanctuary" debut (Innocent) rising 22-18.
Around Europe, Robbie Williams' "Intensive Care" (Chrysalis) moved back 2-1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, while Madonna scored a sixth week atop the Eurochart Top 100 Singles survey with "Hung Up" (Warner Bros.)