Military Wives Choir grab the Christmas Number 1


The Military Wives Choir and Gareth Malone have achieved this year’s all-famous Christmas Number 1, beating X Factor winners Little Mix.

The song, “Wherever You Are”, based on the letters sent to the forces serving in the war and composed by Paul Mealor, sold over 500,000 copies throughout the week, outselling the entire top 12 combined.

Other contenders for the Christmas Number 1 included X Factor winners Little Mix with their single “Cannonball”, which had reached number-one the previous week, Lou Monte with a Christmas classic “Dominick The Donkey”, singer-songwriter Alex Day with “Forever Yours”, and Nirvana with “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, all of which charted at #2, #3, #4 and #11 respectively.

The Christmas Number 1 is the most coveted chart position of the year, with the sales of singles in the Christmas charts typically being higher than all other weeks of the year.

Previous years have seen the Christmas Number 1s dominated by X Factor and other talent competition winners, with the exception of 2009 following the famous and successful campaign to get Rage Against The Machine to number 1.


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