X Factor winners version of Leonard Cohen’’s Hallelujah sets two new records

December 22nd, 2008 - 2:23 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 22 (ANI): X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has another accomplishment added to her success saga, after her version of Leonard Cohen’’s Hallelujah became both the Christmas number one and number two best-selling single.

The last time the Hallelujah song was at number one and number two was in January 1957, exactly 51 years ago, when Tommy Steele and Guy Mitchell held the top two places with versions of Melvin Endsley’’s song Singin” The Blues.

Alexandra Burkes version of Leonard Cohens Hallelujah has broken all records repeating history.

Alexandras song set up a record as the fastest-selling single by a female solo artist, after it sold 576,000 copies across CD and downloads, according to the Official Charts Company.

“It is unprecedented to have two versions of the same song at number one and two in the Christmas charts, and it’’s ironic that it’’s taken the X Factor to get a lot more of us to appreciate the music of Leonard Cohen and the talent of Jeff Buckley,” the Telegraph quoted Gennaro Castaldo, a spokesman for music store HMV, as saying.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said: “December truly has been a record-breaking month for sales of downloads and CDs, and this week in particular has seen some unprecedented sales for both singles and albums - especially Take That and newcomer Alexandra Burke.

“It is a particularly amazing week for Alexandra Burke who has broken a string of records to announce her arrival in spectacular style. And, chart placings at 1, 2 and 36 are remarkable for a 25-year-old song which has never previously reached the top 40, he added.

The extremely talented Alexandra, 20, won a 1 million pound recording contract after being crowned X Factor winner just a week ago. (ANI)

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