12:14 pm - 12/12/2012

James Arthur: Most explosive X Factor opening sales, ever!

James Arthur has scored the most explosive start of any X Factor winner in history with his debut single Impossible, according to the Official Charts Company’s sales data released this morning.
Impossible, which went on sale on Sunday evening immediately after James Arthur was unveiled as the 2012 X Factor winner, had sold 187,000 copies by midnight last night according to Official Charts Company’s sales data.Arthur’s extraordinary performance already puts him on course for a storming full week, which will be bolstered further by the single’s CD release tomorrow (Wednesday, December 12).
No previous X Factor finalists’ debut single has hit such heights so quickly. In 2008, Alexandra Burke’s Hallelujah had sold 147,000 copies by the end of Monday, while Matt Cardle’s When We Collide in 2010 had sold 112,000 and Leona Lewis’ A Moment Like This in 2006 had sold 101,000 during their first two days on sale. Last year’s winners, Little Mix’s Cannonball had sold 69,000 at this stage of its opening week.

Comparisons with Shayne Ward’s all-time fastest selling X Factor winner’s single, 2005’s That’s My Goal, are difficult because it was issued in the early days of digital. The single had sold only 46,000 copies on download by Monday midnight, but exploded when the CD was released on Wednesday – it sold 289,000 copies on that day alone, on its way to a record X Factor opening week total of 742,000.
Official Charts Company Managing Director Martin Talbot says, “There has been a lot said about X Factor’s popularity this year and questions have been raised that perhaps its momentum is beginning to wane. But this amazing opening performance by James Arthur suggests that it remains the pre-eminent launch pad for new artists. Whether Arthur will match Shayne Ward’s 2005 total, only time will tell – but he has a fantastic chance.”
The other previous biggest opening week totals are Alexandra Burke’s Hallelujah (576,000), Leona Lewis’ A Moment Like This (571,000) and Joe McElderry’s The Climb (451,000).
In related news, proceeds from James Arthur's single will be donated to children’s charity, Together For Short Lives, who support children and the families of children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. For more information, or to donate directly, please visit their website: www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk


and for those of you who haven't heard the amazing single yet: here ya go 

baritoneslur 12th-Dec-2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
have you heard his original song faded? i don't want him to change anything of what he does just like gary said cos it's flawless
baritoneslur 12th-Dec-2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
for anyone else who wants to see too
chiixhideki 12th-Dec-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
omg this is actually REALLY good
baritoneslur 12th-Dec-2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
he's so talented honestly and i posted some other ones below. all his originals on youtube are so good
asherlev1 12th-Dec-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
HOLY SHIT HE DID THAT ON HIS OWN?! I really want him to hit it big.
baritoneslur 12th-Dec-2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
YES HE DID future megastar tbh and he deserves everything coming to him
baritoneslur 12th-Dec-2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
he has so many good ones. if he released all of them now on an album i'd buy it.
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