XFactor: James Arthur now losing Xmas number one battle

James Arthur (X Factor 2012)

X Factor winner James Arthur has fallen behind the what's apparently the closest Christmas battle ever.

However it seems that not many people really care.

James' winner's single Impossible has already topped the charts, so holding on to number one for a second week would only been a bonus.

The song, a cover of Shontelle's 2010 track, has so far sod 107,000 copies, now 3,000 behind the Justice Collective's Hillsborough charity track.

The charity single is now in top of the charts in the the latest midweek data, having overtaken James who as leading the battle yesterday.

But with just 3,000 copies between the two songs and still half of the week to go, it's sure to be a close outcome.

"This really is the closest battle we can remember - even closer than the 2009 battle between Rage Against The Machine and Joe McElderry," managing director of the Offical Charts Company, Martin Talbot said.

"The poll concludes at midnight on Saturday (22 December), so there is a long way to go - but this one looks like going down to the wire."

The Xmas number one will be officially revealed on Sunday evening live on BBC Radio 1.

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