X Fac­tor star tops chart with come­back sin­gle

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

James Arthur is back at the top of the UK sin­gles chart, al­most four years since his last num­ber one.

The for­mer X Fac­tor win­ner, who reached the top spot in 2012 with Im­pos­si­ble, said it felt “in­cred­i­ble” to reach num­ber one with Say You Won’t Let Go.

“I wasn’t in any way ex­pect­ing it,” the 28-year-old said af­ter climb­ing one place from last week’s num­ber two.

Arthur was dropped by Simon Cow­ell’s Syco record la­bel two years ago but was re-signed ear­lier this year.

The singer was in­volved in a se­ries of con­tro­ver­sies af­ter win­ning The X Fac­tor, among them a row in­volv­ing ho­mo­pho­bic lyrics.

“I knew [Say You Won’t Let Go] was a good song and I thought some peo­ple might like it,” Arthur told the Of­fi­cial Charts Com­pany.

“But if you’d said to me it would be this well re­ceived, I would have thought you were pulling my leg.”

Arthur’s song notched up 85,000 com­bined sales - made up of 41,000 down­loads and 4.4 mil­lion streams - to knock Closer by The Chainsmok­ers off the top spot.

The top three is rounded out by Canada’s The Weeknd, who scores the week’s high­est new en­try with Star­boy, his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Daft Punk.

Fur­ther down the chart is Ted McDer­mott, an 80-year-old man with de­men­tia whobe­came an in­ter­net celebrity when his son posted videos of him singing in the car.

The for­mer But­lin’s Red­coat who records as The Songaminute Man - has made his chart de­but at 43 with his ver­sion of You Make Me Feel So Young.

Top five sin­gles

1) James Arthur Say You Won’t Let Go

2) The Chainsmok­ers feat Halsey Closer

3) The Weeknd feat Daft Punk Star­boy

4) Calvin Harris My Way

5) DJ Snake feat Justin Bieber Let Me Love You

Top five al­bums

1) Pas­sen­ger Young As The Morn­ing, Old As The Sea

2) Bruce Springsteen Chap­ter And Verse

3) Shawn Men­des Il­lu­mi­nate

4) Mar­il­lion FEAR5) Bastille Wild World

This week’s al­bum chart sees half of its top 10 filled by new re­leases, with the top four places all new en­tries. They in­clude Pas­sen­ger, who has reached num­ber one for the first time with his fourth re­lease, ti­tled Young As The Morn­ing, Old As The Sea. Pas­sen­ger real name Mike Rosen­berg - said it was “un­be­liev­ably ex­cit­ing” and “a huge sur­prise” to beat Bruce Springsteen’s Chap­ter and Verse com­pi­la­tion to the top spot.

Shawn Men­des’ Il­lu­mi­nate has made its de­but at three - one place ahead of Mar­il­lion, who have achieved their first top 10 al­bum in more than a decade with FEAR.

Aus­tralian rock­ers Air­bourne have made their own de­but at nine with their fifth al­bum Breakin’ Outta Hell.

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