X Factor winner remains at number one in the charts

James Arthur, the winner of ITV's X Factor, has remained at number one in the charts this week despite tough competition from and Britney Spears.

X Factor champion James Arthur. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The 24-year-old singer from Middlesbrough saw his debut song Impossible stay ahead of the American superstars singles despite close mid-week sales.

Impossible became the fastest-selling X Factor winner's single ever when it debuted at number one on December 16 and is now nearing a million sales.