Belfast Telegraph

X Factor's Heroes hits the top spot

The X Factor has tightened its grip on the pop charts as a David Bowie cover version by the finalists soared straight to the top spot.

The song Heroes was recorded by the television talent show contestants as a charity single - and has already become one of the biggest number ones of the year.

It sold 144,000 copies in its first week on release last week, the Official Charts Company said, raising money for armed forces charity Help For Heroes. Only two other singles this year have shifted as many copies in a week.

Help For Haiti's Everybody Hurts charity single sold 453,000 copies in its opening week last March and Cheryl Cole's Promise This sold 157,000 in its first week in October.

In a sign of the growth in chart-storming pop acts who now owe their careers to the ITV show, the other big arrival of the week was Olly Murs, whose single Thinking Of Me came in at number four.

Meanwhile in the album chart, former X Factor finalists JLS narrowly missed out on a second successive number one when their new album Outta This World was pipped to the top spot by Take That's Progress.

Had they not come up against such mighty competition, it is thought they would likely have made it to the top by selling 152,000 copies of their album. Instead they made it to number two.

The reality show favourites were no match for the newly reformed 1990s boy band, whose latest offering spent a second week at number one after selling an additional 208,000 copies. This came after last week's record opening week total of 520,000 copies sold - the biggest one-week total for 13 years.

The combined sales from its first two weeks on release puts the album on track to hit the one million sales mark by Christmas, the Official Charts Company said.

Another boy band, Westlife, also had a good week, making it to number three with their new album Gravity. They entered the top 10 with sales approaching 95,000.


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