Monday, December 19, 2011

UK Singles Chart, December 24, 2011

1.(NEW) Cannonball - Little Mix

The X Factor winner leads what is certainly the season's biggest X Factor-influenced chart yet. For the first time, the show ended up with a group as the winner. Not for the first time, the single they chose to put out was a cover, this time a version of Damien Rice's "Cannonball," itself charting at #19 this week.

Little Mix's version sold about 210,000 copies of "Cannonball," making it the year's biggest one-week sales for a #1 single, surpassing the 154,000 of previous champ, One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful." As impressive as that may sound, it's a pretty small haul for an X Factor victory single. Only Steve Brookstein's paltry first-week take of 127,000 copies was less.

2004: Steve Brookstein
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)
127,370 (debuted at #2 the week of Christmas, sold 26,400 when it hit #1 the following week)
2005: Shayne Ward
That's My Goal
2006: Leona Lewis
A Moment Like This
2007: Leon Jackson
When You Believe
2008: Alexandra Burke
2009: Joe McElderry
The Climb
450,838 (debuted at #2 the week of Christmas, sold 195,730 when it hit #1 the following week)

2010: Matt Cardle
When We Collide

2.(7) Paradise - Coldplay

Also benefiting from the X Factor finale are the show's guest performers. Coldplay, who see 2-month-old "Paradise" reach a new peak position of #2. At first it didn't seem the single would ever chart this high. After debuting at #14, it fell to #20 two weeks later. But it's been climbing ever since, entering the top 10 last week and now reaching #2, where it will surely peak. This is Coldplay's fourth single to reach the top 2, including #2 hits "In My Place" and "Speed of Sound"--there's been one from each album except their 2000 debut. Only "Viva La Vida" climbed a notch higher to hit #1.

8.(NEW) Hurt - Leona Lewis

The other big star was former X Factor winner Leona Lewis, doing a remarkable rendition of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt." Early in the week, this was as high as #4, so I'm bummed it slipped through th week down to #8.

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