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Title: Christmas No.1/ Updated
Description: Wombles, Nirvana, Lady Gaga, X-Factor

Eddy - November 30, 2011 07:44 PM (GMT)
Can the Wombles, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga or Nirvana beat the X Factor to Christmas No.1?

Paradoxically, it's never been easier nor harder to be top of the Christmas pops. It's easier because you no longer need a costly marketing campaign, or even a new single to release, as people can just download any song they fancy from pop ages back catalogue online. Yet, it's harder because The X Factor has become almost permanently entrenched as the provider of the biggest-selling end-of-year single. Since 2004, the talent show winner has hit number one five times out of six.

Yet this hasnn't deterred the usual bewildering array of acts from getting in the festive spirit. This year, the main opponent to The X Factor looks to be Nirvana, campaigned for by the same Facebook people who took Rage Against the Machine to the top in 2009. However, this week, Gareth Malone's Military Wives Choir joined the race along with Lady Gaga either of whom could topple Simon Cowell's act ...

Full article here, Telegraph, 23/11/11. Contains full list of Christmas themed releases, histories, bookies odds and so on.

Mootle - December 3, 2011 11:18 PM (GMT)
I hope it is the Military Wives....

Eddy - December 4, 2011 12:07 AM (GMT)
I have to listen to the Wombles Christmas song before choosing my favourite. LOL.


Mootle - December 12, 2011 06:21 PM (GMT)
How do they calculate who wins the Christmas No I?
Is it just the single which sells the most in the week before Christmas?

Eddy - December 12, 2011 06:43 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Mootle @ Dec 12 2011, 06:21 PM)
How do they calculate who wins the Christmas No I?
Is it just the single which sells the most in the week before Christmas?

Yes, that and nothing else.


Mootle - December 14, 2011 11:23 PM (GMT)
Thanks Eddy! :D

Eddy - December 18, 2011 09:00 AM (GMT)
X Factor Winners Little Mix set to lose Christmas No1 chart battle to Military Wives Choir

X FACTOR winners Little Mix look set to lose the fight for Christmas No1 – as a group of soldiers’ wives conquer all before them.

The Military Wives Choir were last night red-hot favourites to triumph with their tearjerker Wherever You Are.

Little Mix are certs to top the chart today with Cannonball but the touching song released ­tomorrow by their unlikely rivals is already online store Amazon’s most pre-ordered ever ...

... It will be another blow for The X Factor after 2009 winner Joe McElderry was beaten to top spot when campaigners got behind Rage Against The Machine.

Bookies William Hill yesterday priced The Military Wives Choir at 1/8 to triumph, with Little Mix lagging well behind them at 11/2 ...

... Other songs in the ­running include the 20th anniversary release of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit (16/1) and Damien Rice’s original Cannonball (33/1).

I’m A Celeb winner Stacey Solomon’s Driving Home For Christmas had been tipped but is now a 100/1 outsider for the top spot ...

Full article, the People, 18/12/11.


Good luck to them.

grimfandango - December 18, 2011 12:46 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Eddy @ Dec 18 2011, 09:00 AM)
X FACTOR winners Little Mix look set to lose the fight for Christmas No1 – as a group of soldiers’ wives conquer all before them.

What a shame :D :thumbsup: :lol:

Eddy - December 21, 2011 07:06 PM (GMT)
Military Wives Choir single VAT cash to go to charities

Tax raised from the sales of a hit single will be donated to armed forces' charities, the Chancellor has said.

Wherever You Are was written for Gareth Malone's Military Wives Choir, whose husbands served in Afghanistan.

The song is the fastest-selling single for six years and is tipped to be the Christmas number one single.

A Treasury spokeswoman said a VAT equivalent donation to the charities benefiting from the Military Wives single would be made ...

Full article, BBC, 21/12/11.


The Chancellor gets some thing right!!!

Eddy - December 25, 2011 07:45 PM (GMT)
Military Wives Choir capture Christmas number one

The Military Wives Choir has scooped the Christmas number one, knocking X Factor's Little Mix off the top spot.

Wherever You Are was almost guaranteed to top the charts after it sold 242,000 copies in its first two days, making it the fastest-selling single of the year.

The 100-strong choir was put together by Gareth Malone for the BBC Two series The Choir, which culminated in a performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Their chart honour was revealed on the Christmas edition of Top Of The Pops ...

Full article, BBC, 25/12/11.


Very well done.

Mootle - December 26, 2011 04:42 PM (GMT)
Way to go Military Wives!!
I belive they have raised about £500000! :lol:

Eddy - December 26, 2011 09:14 PM (GMT)
That is a very impressive amount for such a short time. Give them a few more weeks and they can hopefully add to that total.

Well done to these women.


Mootle - December 26, 2011 10:16 PM (GMT)
I hear that the tattooed soloist is being targetted on social network sites :rolleyes:
I wonder if the comments were constructive crticism or just plain bitchy.
I must say, I do think she would have been better covering the tattoos up while performing...
I wonder what makes an otherwise attractive young woman get so many tattoos :unsure:

Eddy - December 26, 2011 11:12 PM (GMT)
I've read that it's been largely a hate campaign. People can be quite horrid behind the anonymity of a computer.

Mootle - December 27, 2011 10:39 PM (GMT)
Pathetic, isn't it Eddy? Why hate someone you don't even know :angry: ?

grimfandango - December 28, 2011 12:38 PM (GMT)
It is pathetic, it's her skin and she can damn well do what she likes with it. :angry: A lot of it is jealousy I think.

Mootle - December 29, 2011 05:11 PM (GMT)
oooh no grim, I don't think I hanker after any tattoos :o :lol:

Eddy - February 7, 2012 07:43 PM (GMT)
Military Wives raise half-million for charity

The Military Wives Choir say they're still 'pinching themselves' as they announced their Christmas No 1 single had raised more than half a million pounds for charity.

The song Wherever You Are, which used lines from the wives' love letters to their husbands serving in Afghanistan, was the fastest-selling charity single since Elton John's Candle In The Wind in 1997, the Official Charts Company confirmed.

As the group and their choral director Gareth Malone presented a cheque for £503,985 to The Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help, Malone said it felt like a dream.

He added: "It's astonishing that something we recorded in a few hours has taken off like this.

"When I first heard the song I thought there is something here that will appeal to lots of people, but I had no idea it would take off like this.

"Nothing I have ever done comes close to this. It's all a bit of a dream. I'm pinching myself."

The single beat X Factor winners Little Mix's offering Cannonball to the Christmas No 1 spot and Malone said that while winning was sweet, the money raised was the bigger prize.

"The money is better than the victory. It was lovely to be involved in this phoney war, but what really counts is this will directly affect the families of servicemen."

The choir also announced they will release an album in time for Mother's Day, featuring the single, as well as covers of Adele and U2 songs

It will raise money for the Military Wives Choir Foundation to help set up other choirs on military bases.

Whats on TV, 06/02/12.


Well done ladies!

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