Latest "X Factor" winner tops British pop charts

Reuters Middle East

LONDON, Dec 16 (Reuters) - James Arthur, winner of this

year's British version of the "X Factor" TV talent show, saw his

debut single shoot straight to number one in the British pop

charts on Sunday.

Arthur's "Impossible" became the fastest-selling release of

2012 in the process, selling 490,000 copies, to see off another

new entry, "Scream & Shout" by U.S. rapper featuring

Britney Spears, the Official Charts Company said.

U.S. singer Bruno Mars fell a place to third with "Locked

Out Of Heaven" and last week's chart-topper "The Power Of Love",

a cover of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood hit by Gabrielle Aplin,

was fourth. "Troublemaker" by Olly Murs, a former X Factor

runner-up, dropped two places to fifth.

Mars notched up the fastest-selling solo release of the year

with "Unorthodox Jukebox" to take top spot in the album chart,

pushing "Right Place Right Time" by Murs into second, with

Michael Buble in third with "Christmas".

(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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