X Factor 2012 winner James Arthur has fallen to number two in the charts this week, missing out on the Christmas number one.
The Justice Collective’s cover of He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother has landed the top spot on the Official Christmas Singles Chart today, with the charity single selling over 269,000 copies this week.
The song was performed by a collection of huge stars - including some X Factor finalists - with Robbie Williams, Mel C, Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith and Holly Johnson all on the record, raising funds for the current Hillsborough tragedy legal battles.
The song had a bit of a slow start against James’ cover of Impossible, with James leading the battle at the start of the week, but finished over 45,000 copies ahead.
James sold 224,000 copies in his second week to bring the total sales of his winner's single to an impresive 713,000 since release after the final earlier this month.
Official Charts Company's Managing Director, Martin Talbot, says, “Congratulations to The Justice Collective on becoming the 2012 Official Christmas Number 1 with He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother. They fought a sterling campaign against one of the biggest singles of the year in James Arthur's Impossible and are worthy winners - in aid of a very worthy cause.”
Steve Rotherham, MP Liverpool Walton, added: "We have done in 9 weeks what it normally takes 9 months or more to achieve. Working with a phenomenally dedicated team all of whom have worked for free and displayed total professionalism throughout"
Not too upset about missing the top spot for a second week, James tweeted this evening: "He ain't heavy he's my brother the deserved Xmas number 1. Beautiful song and a very worthy cause. Bless all affected by the disaster #LOVE"