X Factor winner James Arthur’s single tops the charts

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X Factor winner James Arthur’s debut single rocketed to the top of the charts.

The ITV reality show has seen a slump in viewers this year, but it did not stop Impossible becoming the fastest-selling single of the year, with 490,000 copies, according to the Official Chart Company.

It remains to be seen whether the new entry can hold on to become Christmas No1 next Sunday. A version of the Hollies’ hit He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother by The Justice Collective – including Sir Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams – supporting the families of Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster, is favourite.