A limited edition white 7" vinyl single of Wham's Last Christmas is being released to commemorate the song's 35th anniversary

A new twist in the race for Christmas Number 1 2019.

It was previously reported that George Michael's team are "working really hard" to try and get Last Christmas to Number 1 for the very first time, and a new product coming out could help do just that.

To mark the Wham! classic's 35th anniversary, a 7" white vinyl single is being released on Friday December 13, the day that the Christmas Number 1 2019 race kicks off.

The commemorative re-release is described as "a strictly limited edition replica" of the 1984 original, and mirroring that, features Everything She Wants as a double A-side. The new pressing is housed in a gatefold sleeve and is priced at £8.

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On release, Last Christmas peaked at Number 2 behind Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas. Along the way with digital downloads included, Last Christmas has become the best-selling track to never reach the summit of the Official Singles Chart, has re-charted each year since 2007, and returned to its peak position in 2017. Last year, George & Andrew topped out at Number 3. Look back at how Last Christmas has charted over the years.

Last Christmas will also be boosted by a new rom-com movie of the same name. The soundtrack to the film - which features a previously unreleased George song - debuted at Number 11 on the Official Albums Chart two weeks, rising to Number 9 on last week's chart, become George's ninth UK Top 10 album. Click here to view George Michael's full UK chart history.

Other heritage festive songs are also going all guns blazing to get to Number 1 for the first time. Despite its popularity, Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You has also never topped the Official Singles Chart, and this year sees Mariah release the song on vinyl and cassette, release a 25th anniversary edition of the album it features on, and be the face of Walkers crisps' Xmas ad campaign.

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