This week's New Music Friday is a Christmas special: The 2017 Official Christmas Number 1 race kicks off Friday December 15, running through to midnight on Thursday, December 21.
Ed Sheeran is one of this year's favourites to take the festive crown - his latest single Perfect is currently Number 1, propelled to the top spot last week thanks in part to a new mix featuring Beyonce. The star has released another new version of the track this week featuring classical singer Andrea Bocelli - will it help him secure victory?
Other possible contenders already in the charts include Rita Ora’s Anywhere, Big Shaq’s Man’s Not Hot, and Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You. All three are currently inside the Top 10 and could enjoy a Christmas week boost from fans. Look back at every Official Christmas Number 1.
Another track already inside the Top 10 that could climb significantly is Wham's 1984 hit Last Christmas. Thanks to a Facebook campaign with 30,000 followers and support from bandmate Andrew Ridgley, expect to see a huge push behind the song this week. Last Christmas is one of many huge Christmas songs that have never reached Number 1 - check out the list here.
There are several charity singles also hoping to impact this year's Official Christmas Chart. After landing last year’s Christmas Number 1 album, Together, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe have teamed up with the likes of Gareth Malone, Imelda Staunton and Jason Manford to record a cover of Morecambe and Wise’s Bring Me Sunshine. Proceeds from the release will go to the Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity.
2003 Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus has teamed up with a number of choirs, collectively known as Choirs With Purpose, to release a cover of Sir Paul McCartney’s We All Stand Together, while legendary singer-songwriter Ralph McTell has re-recorded his classic song Streets of London with a choir made up of clients from Crisis – the national charity for homeless people – and guest vocalist Annie Lennox, to raise money for the charity as it turns 50 years old.
The Official Christmas Chart Top 40 will be counted down by Greg James from 4pm on BBC Radio 1, Friday December 22, with the full Top 100 published on OfficialCharts.com at 5.45pm.
Meanwhile, other big new releases out in this week's New Music Friday are Eminem's ninth studio album Revival, Charli XCX's new mixtape Pop2, N.E.R.D's No One Ever Really Dies - their first album in seven years - and the soundtrack to Netflix movie Bright, featuring new songs from Camila Cabello, Bastille and Rag'n'Bone Man.