Leona Lewis named as the biggest selling X Factor artist from latest sales figures

by Martin


The X Factor is due back on our screens on August 31st and latest sales figures from previous contestants and winners show that since the show began back in 2004, it has produced 30 million singles sales and 18 million albums sales in the UK alone.

Leona Lewis who won the third series of The X Factor back in 2006 tops both of  the lists after she sold around 4.4 million singles and  3.9 million albums in the UK.

Olly Murs, who finished as the runner-up back in 2009 is in second place on the singles list after selling 3.9 million songs where as in the albums list Murs is in third place after selling 2.6 million albums.

JLS beat Olly Murs in the album chart as they take the number two spot after they sold 2.7 million albums in the UK but fall to third place in the singles list after selling 3.4 million singles.


The figures come from a report by MusicWeek who also reported that Alexandra Burke who won the show in 2008 still holds on to the title of the best-selling X Factor single with Hallelujah.

However, last years winner James Arthur is only 30,000 sales behind with his rendition of Impossible by Shontelle.

Take a look at both lists below.

1. Leona Lewis (4.4m)
2. Olly Murs (3.9m)
3. JLS (3.4m)
4. One Direction (3.2m)
5. Alexandra Burke (3.2m)
6. Shayne Ward (1.8m)
7. Little Mix (1.4m)
8. James Arthur (1.2m)
9. Matt Cardle (1.2m)
10. Joe McElderry (1m)

The Top 10 X Factor albums acts in the UK are as follows:

1. Leona Lewis (3.9m)
2. JLS (2.7m)
3. Olly Murs (2.6m)
4. One Direction (1.7m)
5. G4 (1.2m)
6. Shayne Ward (1.1m)
7. Alexandra Burke (800k)
8. Rebecca Ferguson (600k)
9. Rhydian (500k)
10. Joe McElderry (500k)

The X Factor returns again this year on August 31st. Still being hosted by Dermot O’Leary the judging panel has changed slightly. Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger will return as will Sharon Osbourne who left the show in 2007.

Take a look at a ‘Coming Soon’ promo for this years X Factor.