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Sunday, December 16, 2012

UK Chart Roundup: 'X Factor' Winner James Arthur Does The Not-So-"Impossible," Lands At #1

If you didn't see this coming, punch yourself in the face: The X Factor UK's Season 9 winner James Arthur tops the chart in his home country this week with coronation song/Shontelle cover (!!) "Impossible." The song's writers Arnthor Birgisson and Ina Wroldsen have slummed doing tracks for past X Factor winners like Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke, but are perhaps best known for their vast contributions to The Saturdays' catalog.

At any rate, will.i.am and Britney Spears' atrocious "Scream And Shout" hops in at #2, while Rihanna and Mikky Ekko's "Stay" debuts at #6 following RiRi's X Factor performance last week.

I'd have preferred to see Gabrielle Aplin's cover of "The Power Of Love" still at #1, but oh, well —  it appears to still be a Simon Cowell world, and our ears are just bleeding in it.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Impossible" - James Arthur *new* *1 week*
2. "Scream And Shout" - will.i.am feat. Britney Spears *new*
3. "Locked Out Of Heaven" - Bruno Mars
4. "The Power Of Love" - Gabrielle Aplin
5. "Troublemaker" - Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida
6. "Stay" - Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko *new*
7. "Diamonds" - Rihanna
8. "Try" - Pink
9. "Gangnam Style" - PSY
10. "Little Things" - One Direction

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