By Dan Lane
Later this evening, Christopher Maloney, Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur will begin battling it out to win the 2012 series of the X Factor, and a once-in-a-lifetime chance of a major label recording contract.
However, according to the Official Charts Company’s analysis of all the show’s former contestants, they could all already be winners. The Top 10 biggest selling debut singles and albums by previous X Factor stars is dominated exclusively by acts who made it into the final three of each year’s competition.
2008 winner Alexandra Burke’s Hallelujah is the biggest selling debut single by an X Factor act, having sold 1.2 million copies to date. There have only been 123 million selling singles in the 60 year history of the Official Singles Chart, and X Factor stars' debut singles account for three of them (four if you include Leona Lewis' follow-up single, Bleeding Love); the other two are 2005 winner Shayne Ward’s That’s My Goal (which is Number 2 in our countdown with sales of 1.1 million sales to date), and 2010 winner Matt Cardle’s When We Collide (Number 3 in our countdown with over a million sales). The biggest selling debut single by a runner up is What Makes You Beautiful (Number 6) by One Direction, who came third in 2010’s competition, while debut releases by JLS (who came second in 2008), and Olly Murs (who came second in 2009), also make it into the Top 10.
The biggest selling debut album by an X Factor contestant is 2006 winner Leona Lewis’ Spirit, which has sold over 3 million copies to date. JLS’ self-title debut is at Number 2 with sales of over 1.4 million copies, while Alexandra Burke’s Overcome is at Number 3 with sales of 816,000 copies. The Top 5 is completed by One Direction’s Up All Night (777,000 sales to date) and Olly Murs’ self-titled debut album (761,000 sales).
The full Official Top 10 Biggest Selling X Factor Debut Singles And Albums are as follows:
|TRACK TITLE||ARTIST||X FACTOR YEAR||FINAL PLACING||SALES TO DATE|
|02||That's My Goal||Shayne Ward||2005||1||1,100,000|
|03||When We Collide||Matt Cardle||2010||1||1,000,000|
|04||A Moment Like This||Leona Lewis||2006||1||895,000|
|05||The Climb||Joe McElderry||2009||1||807,000|
|06||What Makes You Beautiful||One Direction||2010||3||781,000|
|08||When You Believe||Leon Jackson||2007||1||506,000|
|10||Please Don't Let Me Go||Olly Murs||2009||2||401,000|
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|ALBUM TITLE||ARTIST||X FACTOR YEAR||FINAL PLACING||SALES TO DATE|
|04||Up All Night||One Direction||2010||3||777,000|
|05||Olly Murs||Olly Murs||2009||2||761,000|
|08||Shayne Ward||Shayne Ward||2005||1||536,000|
|09||Journey South||Journey South||2005||3||414,000|
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