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Friday 18 April 2014

Christmas number one for Sam Bailey

X Factor winner Sam Bailey with a copy of her Christmas number one single

X Factor winner Sam Bailey has won the battle for this year's Christmas number one.

The 36-year-old former prison officer sold twice as many copies of her single, Skyscraper, than US star Pharrell Williams in second.

Sam, 36, who was crowned the winner of the singing contest last week, is splitting a ll proceeds between Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and Together For Short Lives, a charity which helps children with life-threatening conditions.

Chancellor George Osborne has agreed to waive VAT on the release.

Sam told OfficialCharts.com: "Being number one is absolutely amazing.

"It really is the icing on the cake and it means Great Ormond Street Children's Charity and Together For Short Lives will benefit from the single, which makes it extra special."

Sam sold 149,000 copies of Skyscraper, outstripping Happy by Pharrell by more than two copies to one to become one of the fastest selling singles of the year.

One More Sleep by the 2006 X Factor winner Leona Lewis came in third spot.

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