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Monday 19 March 2018

Hillsborough tribute song tops UK Christmas charts

David Wilcock London

The Hillsborough disaster tribute single has topped the charts to become the 2012 UK Christmas number one.

The Justice Collective's version of 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' sold more than 269,000 copies, outselling 'X-Factor' winner James Arthur's debut single 'Impossible' by 45,000, according to the Official Charts Company.

The song features performances by artists including Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, the Clash's Mick Jones and Peter Hooton of The Farm.

The reworking of the Hollies' 1969 hit took the festive top spot to cap a memorable week for campaigners, friends and family of the 96 victims of the disaster at Sheffield Wednesday's ground during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.

A new police investigation into their deaths was announced and the British High Court quashed accidental death verdicts recorded by the original inquest into the tragedy at Sheffield Wednesday's ground. A new inquest will now be held.

'Scream & Shout' by Will.I.Am featuring Britney Spears, 'Stay' by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko and 'Locked Out Of Heaven' by Bruno Mars make up the rest of the festive top five.

Robbie Williams's 'Different' only reached 64, after the Take That star asked fans to buy the Hillsborough tribute instead.

Irish Independent

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