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X Factor winner Matt Cardle top of Christmas singles chart

X Factor winner Matt Cardle was crowned king of the pop charts yesterday when he soared to the top of the charts to claim the prized Christmas number one.

The 27-year-old left competition from the anti-Simon Cowell camp trailing in his wake as his cover of the Biffy Clyro track When We Collide won pop fans’ hearts.

His version of the song by the Mercury Prize-nominated rock trio sold 439,000 copies in the six days following his victory on the ITV talent show last Sunday, the Official Charts Company said.

This represented a record weekly total for a non-charity release this year and gave Cardle a lead of more than 300,000 over Rihanna Ft Drake's What's My Name, which finished in second place.

Cardle's planned celebrations involved “one or two beers”.

He said: “I can't believe it. As if winning wasn't enough. I honestly didn't think I'd even make it on to the live shows, let alone win and now be the Christmas number one.

“I can't even begin to describe how if feels. It's nuts, crackers and crazy. To think that many people have supported me and bought the record is absolutely mind blowing.”

While this year saw several contenders battle to keep Cowell's act off the festive top spot, only 1960s US rock act The Trashmen came close.

Their song Surfin' Bird made it to number three, selling 70,000 copies after a Facebook campaign.

But while it missed out on chart-topping glory, it did become the highest ranked Facebook campaign single of 2010. Another contender, Cage Against The Machine's version of 4'33” by composer John Cage, dragged far behind at number 21.

The song, which sold just under 16,000 copies after a separate campaign on the social networking site, consists of four minutes and 33 seconds of silence, and was recorded by a host of famous musicians for charity.

The only other new entry to the top 10 was the Biffy Clyro version of When We Collide, going by its original name Many Of Horror.

The track sold about 40,000 copies to finish eighth.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot described Cardle's sales figures as “a truly impressive achievement”.

He said: “Besides being a record for a non-charity single this year, it might even have been higher given the freezing conditions which have gripped the UK in the past couple of days and which have kept many consumers off the high streets.”

Victory in the race for the Christmas number one last year was snatched from X Factor winner Joe McElderry by rap metal act Rage Against The Machine’s hit Killing In The Name.

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