Impossible: X Factor's James Arthur back at the top of the charts
The singer last week missed out on the coveted Christmas number one spot to the Justice Collective's 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'
Monday 31 December 2012
X Factor winner James Arthur is back at the top of the singles charts while singer of the moment Emeli Sande has ended the year on a high at number one in the album charts.
The Scottish star's Our Version Of Events is the biggest-selling album of the year with sales of more than 1.32 million.
Sande's debut offering is thought to have had a boost after she appeared on the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year programme.
She became the voice of London 2012 after she sang in the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies.
Arthur's single "Impossible" went straight to the top of the charts on its release earlier this month but lost out on being Christmas number one last week to the Hillsborough disaster tribute single.
The Justice Collective's version of the Hollies' 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" took the festive top spot but went down to fifth place this week.
"Scream & Shout" by Will.I.Am featuring Britney Spears was at number two, while one of the surprise hits of the year, South Korean pop sensation PSY's "Gangnam Style", took third place and Olly Murs' "Trouble" was at number four.
Murs' latest album, former number one Right Place Right Time, was in second place in the album chart this week, while Rihanna's Unapologetic was at number three and Michael Buble's Christmas album was in fourth place.
At number five was Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox, which became the fastest-selling solo album of 2012 with 136,000 sales in its first week earlier this month, according to the Official Chart Company.
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