X Factor 2012: Hillsborough charity single to challenge for Xmas no1

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A charity single for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster will be competing against The X Factor for this year's Christmas number one.

However, like last year, this year's dates actually mean that The X Factor won't be going for the Christmas number one.

With The X Factor final on Sunday, December 9, the winner's single will instead by charting the week before the Christmas chart, like Little Mix last year.

The Sun reports that stars including Robbie Williams, The Clash’s Mick Jones, Paloma Faith and Spice Girl Mel C are recording a cover of The Hollies’ song He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother.

The track will be released on December 17, with all money raised going towards the families’ legal costs.

Meanwhile, a separate facebook campaign is urging fans not to buy this year's winners single and instead opt to to buy Fairytale of New York.

Last year's winners Little Mix soared to number one with their cover of Damien Rice's Cannonball.

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