Will AC/DC Beat X-Factor Winner Sam Bailey To The UK Christmas #1?

December 18, 2013

UK X-Factor winner Sam Bailey celebrates victory with mentor Sharon Osbourne

A few hours ago, statistics from the Official Charts Company here in the UK reveled that more than 67,000 copies had already been downloaded of the X-Factor winner Sam Bailey’s single, a cover of the Demi Lovato song “Skyscraper”. The single is selling twice as many as it’s closest rival “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

Leona Lewis’ festive little ballad “One More Sleep” continues to stand at #3 after three weeks in the chart and Avicii’s “Hey Brother” slips down to #4 in it’s 13th week. At #5 is the wildcard, AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell” (more on this in a moment) which knocks Lilly Allen’s beautiful cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” down to #6 after two weeks at the top.


Now then, back to that wildcard. Winners of the UK X-Factor have been successful in obtaining the 5 out of the last 8 UK Christmas #1’s. However, back in 2009, a husband and wife began a Facebook campaign to get Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing In Name” to the number Christmas spot in a bid to “stick it to the man” – that man being Simon Cowell. It was successful, RATM outsold the 2009 X-Factor winner Joe McElderry and his cover version of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” 502,672 to 450,838 making “Killing In The Name” the most downloaded single over a one week period in UK history. The band went on to donate 100% of the money made from the sales of their (as of Christmas 2009) 17-year-old single to homeless charities.  And really, what could be more festive than that? After all, Christmas is the time of year for giving back.

So, how likely is it that veteran rockers AC/DC with their 34-year-old single will outshine 36-year-old Sam Bailey this Christmas in this same manner? The Facebook campaign is growing strong and has gathered 776,000 ‘likes’ so far! The fact “Highway To Hell” is sitting snugly at #5 on the mid-week charts is an achievement in itself since the American group have never made the UK top 10 before!


The reason behind this campaign? According to the organiser’s page, it’s a simple matter of a group of fans wanting to give their heroes a Christmas present of a UK number one single:

“It’s AC/DC’s 40th anniversary. We’re trying to give them their 1st No.1 single as a present, and at half way we’re No.5 and closing in. Tell everyone!”

They have a fair way to go to catch Sam, 23,000 more sales of the single would bring them even. But I wouldn’t bet against that happening.

There’s absolutely no point in anyone complaining about what reaches the number one Christmas spot. It’s based on sales. If you’re a fan of one or the other you’ve got to get your act together and buy the music. It’s very simple. The downloads don’t lie.

We wish the best of luck to all the artists battling it out to become the proverbial fairy atop of the chart tree.  Who do you want to see reach the number one spot this Christmas on the UK charts WeKnowTheDJ readers? Tweet us @Weknowthedj .

-Lucy Jenkins.


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