James Arthur has no hard feelings against The Justice Collective after losing out on the Christmas number one, saying the Hillsborough charity single is "beautiful" and "worthy" of the chart-topping position.
The X Factor winner was hoping to remain at number one for a second week with his winner's single 'Impossible' which became the fastest-selling single of the year shifting 450,000 copies, however, the Collective, which features the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams and Mel C, knocked him off the top spot with their cover of 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother.'
James Arthur says The Justice Collective 'deserved' to score the Christmas number one (Chris Jepson/WENN)
James, 24, isn't bitter though and tweeted his congratulations at the Collective's feat, saying he is glad the public chose to contribute to the victim's of the Hillsborough tragedy.
"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," James said after the announcement was made on Radio 1's Chart Show.
Margaret Apsinall, chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group, said it was "truly amazing" that the single scored a number one.
"The families will be delighted," Aspinall said in a statement.
"We haven’t had very good Christmases for a long time so this is an extra gift. It’s obvious that it’s got a lot of support and they’ve got the message across to everybody. It’s truly amazing."
'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' shifted an incredible 45,000 more copies than James' cover of Shontelle's single 'Impossible'.
Listen to the Hillsborough charity single below…