Hillsborough Charity Single

A charity single to raise money for the Hillsborough families goes on sale this morning. The version of the Holies 'He ain't heavy, he's my brother' is tipped to be the Christmas number one.

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Hillsborough charity single heads for Christmas number one

The Justice Collective's single Credit: Press Association

The Hillsborough tribute single has extended its lead in the race for the Christmas number one.

The Justice Collective's version of He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother has shot 14,000 ahead of its rival, X Factor winner James Arthur, according to figures from the Official Charts Company.

Arthur's single Impossible was ahead when sales figures were announced on Tuesday but it has lost ground over the past few days.

Robbie Williams and Sir Paul McCartney are among the artists who feature on the Justice Collective song, which is raising funds and awareness for the legal battle by families of Hillsborough tragedy victims.

Yesterday the High Court quashed accidental death verdicts recorded by the original inquest into the 1989 disaster. A fresh inquest has been ordered.

The Justice Collective single has now sold 146,000 copies. The number one will be announced on Sunday.

Hillsborough charity single surges ahead in the charts

Kenny Dalglish with the Justice Collective's single. Credit: Press Association

Justice Collective’s Hillsborough charity single has taken the lead over James Arthur in the race to the Christmas number one.

Yesterday, The Justice Collective’s He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother was behind X Factor winner Arthur’s debut single Impossible.

Now the Justice Collective have surged ahead after selling 3,400 more copies than Arthur.

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother has sold over 109,700 copies while Impossible has shifted 106,300.

Hillsborough single closes in on X Factor song for Christmas number one

The Hillsborough single Credit: Press Association

The Hillsborough charity single is closely behind X Factor winner James Arthur in the race for the Christmas number one - but by only a narrow margin.

Figures released today by the Official Charts Company showed Arthur's track Impossible was more than 3,000 copies ahead of the Justice Collective.

However, Arthur has an advantage as his 76,000 sales are across two days, while the rival song - a cover of The Hollies' He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - only went on sale yesterday.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said the early lead was "exceptionally tight".

Gennaro Castaldo of retailer HMV said: "For the moment the advantage is with James to remain at the top for a second week, but if the campaign behind Justice Collective keeps growing, as we think it will, He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother still has a good chance of making it. "

Bookmaker William Hill has cut Arthur's odds from 11/2 to 2/1, but the Justice Collective continue to be favourites at 4/11.

The Justice Collective track has an all-star cast with figures such as Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Melanie C and Shane MacGowan.

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