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X Factor winner Sam Bailey claims Christmas No.1

Story by Jack Foley

X FACTOR winner Sam Bailey has claimed the 2013 Christmas No.1 with her track, Skyscraper.

The former prison officer outsold her nearest rival, Pharrell’s Happy, by two to one. In doing so, the record also became one of the fastest selling singles of the year.

The 36-year-old described topping the festive chart as the “icing on the cake” of her year. Her record is a cover of a track by Demi Lovato.

But the proceeds from the single are going to two charities – Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity and Together For Short Lives.

Bailey beat 16-year-old Nicholas McDonald in The X Factor final last Sunday.

In the album charts, Robbie Williams pipped fellow Take That singer Gary Barlow and One Direction to the top spot with his latest LP, Swings Both Ways.

There were less than 200 copies between Williams’ LP and One Direction’s Midnight Memories, both of whom clocked up sales of more than 126,000 each this week.

One Direction’s third studio album has sold more copies this year than any other artist album released in 2013, underlining their continued global popularity.

At number four, behind Barlow, was Olly Mur with his solo release Right Place Right Time, while Beyonce’s self-titled album, which was released digitally last week without any prior notice, remained at number five.