Latest "X Factor" winner tops British pop charts

LONDON Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:55am IST

LONDON (Reuters) - James Arthur, winner of this year's British version of the "X Factor" TV talent show, saw his debut single shoot straight to number one in the British pop charts on Sunday.

Arthur's "Impossible" became the fastest-selling release of 2012 in the process, selling 490,000 copies, to see off another new entry, "Scream & Shout" by U.S. rapper will.i.am featuring Britney Spears, the Official Charts Company said.

U.S. singer Bruno Mars fell a place to third with "Locked Out Of Heaven" and last week's chart-topper "The Power Of Love", a cover of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood hit by Gabrielle Aplin, was fourth. "Troublemaker" by Olly Murs, a former X Factor runner-up, dropped two places to fifth.

Mars notched up the fastest-selling solo release of the year with "Unorthodox Jukebox" to take top spot in the album chart, pushing "Right Place Right Time" by Murs into second, with Michael Buble in third with "Christmas".

(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Accused Of Rape

Accused Of Rape

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer accused of drugging, raping teen.  Full Article 

Legal Case

Legal Case

Rihanna settles multimillion-dollar lawsuit with ex-accountants.  Full Article 

Sick Miley

Sick Miley

Miley Cyrus remains hospitalized, cancels two more concerts.  Full Article 

On Trial

On Trial

Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard on trial for assault.  Full Article 

Film Festival

Film Festival

Cannes festival lineup mixes Hollywood star power, world cinema.  Full Article 

Richest Rappers

Richest Rappers

The wealthiest rappers according to Forbes.  Slideshow 

Chelsea Expecting

Chelsea Expecting

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with first child.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage