Hillsborough song is Xmas No. 1

The Hillsborough tragedy tribute single has topped the charts to become the 2012 Christmas number one holding X Factor winner James Arthur off the top spot.

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X Factor winner James Arthur debut single tops charts

James Arthur tops the charts. Credit: PA

X Factor winner James Arthur proved nothing is impossible when his debut single rocketed to the top of the charts. Impossible became the fastest selling single of the year so far, with 490,000 copies, according to the Official Chart Company.

He said: "To everyone from home and around Britain who bought the single, thank you very, very much. You've made my dreams come true.

"The fact that it was in aid of Together For Short Lives, which is a great cause and a great charity, I think that really helped.

"My Number one Award is going to go on my mantelpiece and I'll probably kiss it for two weeks solid every time I pass it!"

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James Arthur: I am absolutely overwhelmed

James Arthur said he was "lost for words" after winning X Factor.

I am absolutely overwhelmed to have won The X Factor. I am lost for words.

To have been be able to perform my winners single was just insane.

I love the song and am so glad that proceeds of the single will be going to such a great cause.

– James Arthur

Profits from sales of the single will go to the charity Together for Short Lives.

James Arthur second favourite to land Christmas No.1

X Factor winner James Arthur is second favourite to bag the Christmas number one single this year, according to bookmaker Ladbrokes.

Despite his triumph tonight, the bookmaker is offering odds of 3/1 while the Hillsborough Charity Single remains the favourite at 1/3.

James is quoted at just 2/1 to bag a number one single next year and it's a 4/1 chance his album follows suit.

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