Bruno Mars, James Arthur Easily Top U.K. Charts
Billboard -- In the last sales charts before the the U.K.'s prestigious Christmas No. 1s are unveiled next Sunday (Dec. 23), 2012 "X Factor" winner James Arthur smashed to the top of the singles survey with "Impossible." The track easily becomes the fastest-selling single of the year with massive first-week sales of 490,000, according to the Official Charts Company.
Bruno Mars seized a record of his own, as "Unorthodox Jukebox" became the fastest-selling solo artist album of 2012 with 136,000 sales.
"Impossible" was first recorded by Bajan singer Shontelle, and reached No. 9 in the U.K. in 2010. That version re-entered the new chart at No. 22. 24-year-old Yorkshireman Arthur's version sold more than three times as many copies in the week to Saturday night as Cheryl Cole's "Call My Name," which previously had the best first week of the year, at 152,000.
"Impossible" has also out-performed the opening sales of every other Syco-signed "X Factor" winner since 2007, beating 2011 victor Little Mix's "Cannonball" by more than two to one. That topped the chart last December with sales of 210,000. The one exception was Leona Lewis' "Hallelujah," which debuted at the top in 2008 with sales of 576,000 units to become the fastest-selling single by a female solo artist in British chart history.
Mars' album triumph follows the massive, chart-topping success of his "Doo Wops & Hooligans," which debuted in January last year and is now certified quadruple platinum in the territory for shipments of 1.2 million units and was the third biggest-selling artist album of 2011.
Olly Murs ' "Right Place Right Time" fell a place to No. 2 on the new listings, with Michael Bublé's "Christmas" down 2-3 and Emeli Sandé 's former No. 1 "Our Version Of Events" up 7-4. On the compilation chart, "Now! That's What I Call Music 83" started a fourth week at the top.
Back on the singles chart, will.i.am scored a No. 2 debut with "Scream & Shout" feat. Britney Spears, with Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven" down 2-3. Last week's bestseller, Gabrielle Aplin's cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "The Power of Love," fell to No. 4. Rihanna 's second single from the "Unapologetic" album, "Stay" featuring Mikky Ekko, arrived at No. 6, and One Direction 's "Kiss You" jumped 43-12.
_ _ _ _
Find more online: Billboard.com
Fergie, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Heidi Klum all get an F on this week's Fashion Offenders.Watch Video »
Diva Double Date
Beyonce and Alicia Keys double date with their famous hubbies on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Where Are They?
See what the cast of "American Beauty" is up to today.Watch Video »
J.Lo's Mini Me
Jennifer Lopez shares an adorable photo of her look-alike daughter, plus more celebritots on social media on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Prince Harry, Jessica Alba and more stars who threw out the first pitch at baseball games.Watch Video »
Sofia Vergara poses in a revealing neon bikini while her "Modern Family" castmates hit the beach in Australia on Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »