XFactor winner James Arthur heading back to number one

James Arthur (X Factor 2012)

X Factor 2012 winner James Arthur is heading back to the number one spot, the first X Factor winner to do so.

The singer sold record amounts of his winner's single Impossible when it was first released to debut at number one with around 500,000 copies sold.

However the 24-year-old missed out on holding on to the top chart position for the lucrative Christmas number one last week, with Hillsborough charity single He Ain't Heavy managing to out sell his second week total.

Not that James seemed to mind, with the X Factor champ even encouraging his fans to buy the rival song after he got his number one.

James tweeted at the weekend: "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"

But now James is set to return to number one for the second time in three weeks, despite well over 800,000 already having downloaded his single.

The track, a cover of the 2010 Shontelle song, is looking set to become one of the best selling winner's singles ever and one of the biggest sellers of the past year, despite being released in just the last month.

Meanwhile, Ain't He Heavy has tumbled down the charts and is looking likely to miss the top ten altogether after its one and only week at number one.

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