X Factor: James Arthur doesn't want Xmas number one

James Arthur (X Factor 2012)

XFactor winner James Arthur has said he doesn't want to get the Christmas number one spot.

The 24-year-old's winner's track is currently battling for the top spot ahead of Sunday's festive chart.

The song, a cover of Shontelle’s 2010 track, has so far sold over 100,000 copies this week, adding to its impressive 490,000 tally from its first week on sale.

However the song is now some 23,000 copies behind the Justice Collective’s Hillsborough charity track, a cover of He Ain’t Heavy featuring stars include X Factor’s own Rebecca Ferguson.

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

James 'took to Twitter' yesterday to urge fans to buy his rival's single.

He tweeted: "Platinum single baby! Not a bad start 🙂 thanks to all who bought it now make sure the hillsbrough tune is number 1!!"

However bosses at the charts reckon this week's chart is still shaping up to be a close one.

“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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