The countdown for the 2014 Christmas Number 1 single is officially underway and this past Sunday on the X Factor the British public crowned Ben Haenow as their winner.
This meant that Ben Haenow would enter the race to score not only his first number 1 single but the Official UK Christmas Number 1 for 2014.
The Official Charts Company have just confirmed that at present (ahead of tomorrow’s midweek chart update) that Ben Haenow is currently racing his way to the top – but it’s a close one!
His debut single ‘Something I Need’ (up until midnight last night – 15th December) had been downloaded 75,000 times in the UK so far while the physical copy will be available tomorrow with proceeds going to the charity ‘Together For Short Lives’.
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’, which went to the top of the chart this past Sunday is just 23,000 copies behind Ben – giving it a head start over the X Factor winner.
However, for the first-time this Christmas, streaming figures from the likes of Spotify, Deezer and O2 Tracks will also contribute towards the Official Singles Chart Christmas Number 1.
The Official Charts Company have explained that streaming trends at present are favouring tracks that have been available for a few weeks as users become more aware of them.
Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot commented: “The week of the Christmas Number 1 race is always among the most exciting in the Official Singles Chart calendar”
He added: “and early data indicates that we have a genuine battle on our hands in 2014. By Sunday, we will know who has won out – but, for the moment, the race is on!”
Elsewhere in the chart the Official Charts Company have revealed that The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’ is set to enter the Top 10 for the first time in seven years – currently at Number (10) while Band Aid 30 are at Number (13) with ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’
Meanwhile for Mariah Carey and her festive hit ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is currently placed at Number (24) as we grow closer to the big reveal this coming Sunday on BBC Radio 1 with Scott Mills and Jameela Jamil.
Other contenders for the Christmas Number 1 include Iron Maiden with ‘Number Of The Beast’ thanks to an anti-X Factor campaign set up on Facebook – the track is currently at Number (34) while The Peace Collective’s ‘All Together Now’ is just outside the Top 40.
The Official Charts Company have stated though that this sales flash “is based on preliminary numbers” and doesn’t reflect all sales and streams until tomorrow’s midweek update so it could all change between now and then.
Sunday the 21st of December is the date you’ll need to listen to BBC Radio 1 to find out The Official Christmas Singles Chart Top 40 with Scott Mills and Jameela Jamil which begins at 4pm with the winner being crowned at 7pm.