THE most up-to-the-minute sales figures from HMV and other retailers show that X Factor winner, Leon Jackson, is already well on his way to claiming the coveted Christmas Number 1 spot.
Although Leon’s cover of ‘When You Believe’ is only officially released in stores today, fans have been able to download the track since Saturday night, and purely on the strength of these sales the song is already the UK’s best-selling single ahead of Katie Melua and Eva Cassidy’s cover of ‘What A Wonderful World’ in second spot and Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’ at No.3.
While Leon seems almost certain to claim the Christmas No.1 when the official chart is announced this Sunday, a challenge may yet emerge from past Christmas hits, which the public are increasingly downloading for their Christmas parties and in response to a media campaign to stop the X Factor claiming a third consecutive Christmas No.1.
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