X Factor’s Ben Haenow Beats Mark Ronson In The Race For 2014’s Christmas Number One
The X Factor may not be able to bring in the viewers like it used to but it can still certainly shift records. Despite being crowned X Factor champion in the lowest rated final since 2004, Ben Haenow trampled his nearest rivals Mark Ronson and Ed Sheeran to win the race for this year’s Christmas number one, shifting a whopping 214,000 copies of Something I Need in its first week alone.
A very excited Haenow spoke to the OfficialCharts.com, squealing: “To have even been in the running for Christmas Number 1 against some of the names that were in the race, and then to have actually won is incredible.
“It’s an incredible end to my year. I’m gonna go and have a few good drinks with my mates – definitely more than a few good drinks to really celebrate! I’m absolutely shocked, I can’t believe it.”
Something I Need was lifted from One Republic’s 2013 album Native with all of the profit from the single being donated to children’s charity Together for Short Lives.
Ben Haenow is 2014’s Christmas number one (Sony)
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars slip a place to number two with their Q4 surprise smash Uptown Funk, despite becoming the most streamed record in a single week ever with 2.34 million listens. The single was famously released five weeks prematurely after Fleur East’s version of the single, which she performed on The X Factor, shot to the top of iTunes. Ronson recently admitted that he was “a little bit annoyed” by the rush release of the track, but at least it doesn’t seem to have done his sales any harm.
Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud is still in the top three this week at number three while Olly Murs and Demi Lovato shoot up to number four with their duet Up. Rounding off the top five, it turns out that the Wealdstone Raider does have fans; quite a few actually as his charity single which is raising funds for Great Ormand Street Hospital, Autism Concern and Wealdstone FC Youth, sold more records than the likes of Taylor Swift and One Direction to claim this week’s second highest new entry.
The Pogues just miss out on climbing into the top 10 with Fairytale of New York which wuld have marked the singles return to the summit for the first time in seven years, peaking at number 11 this week ahead of Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas which drops two places to 18.
Ed Sheeran holds on to number one album (WENN)
Over on the album chart, Ed Sheeran, stays at number one after selling a further 214,000 copies of his sophomore record x. The sales mark the biggest for any single artist in 2014 over any seven-day period, 26 weeks after its initial release. Sam Smith follows a number two with In The Lonely Hour, which became the only UK album to sell over a million copies in both the UK and US this week in 2014 after 30 weeks on the chart.
Olly Murs’ Never Been Kissed stays at number three while George Ezra and Take That both climb a place to numbers four and five respectively. Nicki Minaj enters this week’s album charts at an enormously disappointing 22 after previously topping the tally with 2012’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and criminally D’Angelo misses out on this week’s top 40 altogether with his first record in 15 years, Black Messiah.