Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Joe McElderry finally gets his solo N0.1
Joe McElderry winner of X-Factor 2009 has finally claimed his long awaited stint at the top of the charts with début single The Climb.
His success comes after he missed out on the Christmas N0.1 spot to an internet campaign which saw him beaten by US rockers Rage Against The Machine.
Joe learned of his delayed ascent to the top spot as he began a family ski trip in Austria yesterday.
A week after the top two singles almost sold one million copies between them, McElderry sold 195,729 this week, with Rage's Killing In The Name could only sell a smaller but still respectable 69,000 units
It was still enough to secure second place, Rage may also have benefited from its airing on the Top Of The Pops Christmas Day special.
McElderry's X Factor mentor Cheryl Cole is at No.4 with her song 3 Words, outsold five-to-one by her protege, behind Lady GaGa in at No.3 with Bad Romance.
An overjoyed McElderry told The Sun: 'I am so happy that the single is at No.1. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me.
'This has been the best Christmas ever and I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.'
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Joe McElderry has never heard Rage Against The Machine
Joe McElderry has revealed that he has not heard rival single Rage Against The Machine (RATM). Joe's Single Climb is in a fierce battle with RATM's Killing in the name for the Christmas No 1. RATM is currently leading the battle to be No.1, but it is expected that the release of Joe's CD on Wednesday will swing the final result in his favour.
In an interview with the BBC Joe admitted he had not heard his rival's track.
"I haven't heard it," he said, adding: "I need to listen to it. I have not heard it yet but I'll have to have a listen." Joe explained that he is "not a rocker kind of guy" and that he mainly listens to "new chart stuff [by] all different kinds of artists".
The X-Factor added: "Obviously I would love, love, love a number one but it's out of my hands. I can only go and promote the single and that’s all I can do. "If I could get a number one, it would be amazing. I'm just gonna work hard and try my best, that's all I can do. Good luck to [Rage Against The Machine] as well."