• Official ChartsChristmas Number 1 2012: The Justice Collective He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

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The Spice Girls' Melanie C speaks to OfficialCharts.com about The Justice Collective becoming the Official 2012 Christmas Number 1 with He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother.

They've done it! The Justice Collective's Hillsborough tribute single has made it all the way to the 2012 Christmas Number 1, confirms the Official Charts Company.

The Justice Collective's cover of He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother has landed the top spot on the Official Christmas Singles Chart today with sales of over 269,000.

The campaign has beaten off competition from X Factor winner James Arthur's Impossible, racing across the finish line over 45,000 copies ahead of their rival. Last week's chart topper Arthur has had another huge week of sales, shifting a further 224,000 copies in its second week to bring its tally to 713,000 since release.

He Ain't Heavy... started the week trailing the X Factor winner by 3,000 copies. By Wednesday, December 19 The Justice Collectivehad overtaken James Arthur by 3,400, before extending their lead to 23,000 copies by Friday.

Most importantly, both Christmas Number 1 contenders have raised vital funds for their designated charities.

The all-star group, The Justice Collective, featuring a host of well known faces including Robbie Williams, Mel C, Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith and Holly Johnson, are raising funds and awareness for the ongoing legal battle of the families of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Official Charts Company's Managing Director, Martin Talbot, says, "Congratulations to The Justice Collective on becoming the 2012 Official Christmas Number 1 with He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother. They fought a sterling campaign against one of the biggest singles of the year in James Arthur's Impossible and are worthy winners - in aid of a very worthy cause."

Steve Rotherham, MP Liverpool Walton, says "We have done in 9 weeks what it normally takes 9 months or more to achieve. Working with a phenomenally dedicated team all of whom have worked for free and displayed total professionalism throughout"

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