Christmas Number 1: X Factor’s Ben Haenow increases lead on Mark Ronson

The most important chart battle of the year is well underway. 2014 X Factor winner Ben Haenow has increased his lead by a further 10,000 copies, helped by the release of the physical version of Something I Need.

Something I Need has racked up sales of over 107,000 at this midweek stage, with all proceeds being donated to the Together For Short Lives charity. The song is just over 33,000 copies ahead of Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk.

Ben’s chart success also puts the original version of the OneRepublic song on track to enter the UK Top 100 for the first time this weekend.

However, Ben doesn’t have the coveted Christmas Number 1 all wrapped up just yet, as this year, for the first time, audio streams from services such as Spotify, Deezer and O2 Tracks will count towards the final tally.

Uptown Funk is already the most streamed track of the week so far; current streaming trends tend to favour songs that have been available for several weeks as awareness for songs grows and they are added to playlists, meaning the addition of streaming data could favour Mark Ronson as the week progresses.

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Sliding one place to Number 3 today is Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, followed by new entry, Olly Murs’ Up FT Demi Lovato (4), and Take That’s These Days (5).

There are four further new entries in today’s Official Singles Chart Update Top 40. Dance duo Gorgon City are on track to score their fourth Top 20 single on Sunday with Go All Night FT Jennifer Hudson (8).

After performances on The X Factor final last weekend, Ed Sheeran’s Photograph makes its Top 40 debut at 32, while Imagine Dragons’ Demons (performed by Ben Haenow) re-enters at 33.

Iron Maiden’s The Number Of The Beast re-enters the Top 40 at Number 36 midweek, thanks to a Facebook Christmas Number 1 campaign.

The Official Singles Chart Update Top 40 is as follows. The Official Singles Chart Top 100 will be posted in full, here, on Sunday at 7pm.

1 SOMETHING I NEED BEN HAENOW
2 UPTOWN FUNK MARK RONSON FT BRUNO MARS
3 THINKING OUT LOUD ED SHEERAN
4 UP OLLY MURS FT DEMI LOVATO
5 THESE DAYS TAKE THAT
6 BLANK SPACE TAYLOR SWIFT
7 NIGHT CHANGES ONE DIRECTION
8 GO ALL NIGHT GORGON CITY FT JENNIFER HUDSON
9 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS MEGHAN TRAINOR
10 OUTSIDE CALVIN HARRIS/ELLIE GOULDING
11 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS BAND AID 30
12 STEAL MY GIRL ONE DIRECTION
13 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL
14 WRAPPED UP OLLY MURS FT TRAVIE MCCOY
15 LIKE I CAN SAM SMITH
16 STAY WITH ME SAM SMITH
17 REAL LOVE CLEAN BANDIT FT JESS GLYNNE
18 JEALOUS LABRINTH
19 LAST ALL NIGHT (KOALA) OLIVER HELDENS FT KSTEWART
20 TAKE ME TO CHURCH HOZIER
21 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU MARIAH CAREY
22 YOURS ELLA HENDERSON
23 GHOST ELLA HENDERSON
24 DANGEROUS DAVID GUETTA FT SAM MARTIN
25 BUDAPEST GEORGE EZRA
26 LET IT GO IDINA MENZEL
27 CHANDELIER SIA
28 I LOVED YOU BLONDE FT MELISSA STEEL
29 I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE SAM SMITH
30 SHAKE IT OFF TAYLOR SWIFT
31 BANG BANG JESSIE J/GRANDE/MINAJ
32 PHOTOGRAPH ED SHEERAN
33 DEMONS IMAGINE DRAGONS
34 DON'T ED SHEERAN
35 BLAME IT ON ME GEORGE EZRA
36 THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST IRON MAIDEN
37 GOT NO FANS WEALDSTONE RAIDER
38 SING ED SHEERAN
39 CHANGING SIGMA FT PALOMA FAITH
40 BLAME CALVIN HARRIS FT JOHN NEWMAN

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