Global downturn? What global downturn!? Sales records have been broken in the lead up to the all important Christmas No.1s in the United Kingdom, with both No.1 single and album getting there by breaking records. On the singles chart, X Factor winner Alexandra Burke's version of the Leonard Cohen classic 'Hallelujah' now holds the record of the fastest selling single by a female in UK chart history, bettering the mark previously held by former X Factor winner Leona Lewis. She sold so many copies of 'Hallelujah' last week that she outsold the rest of the top 20 chart positions combined, bagging more than half a million sales.
And despite a push by fans of the late, great Jeff Buckley to have his version of 'Hallelujah' at the top for Christmas, his version lands in the No.2 position, a jump of 28 places on last week's chart. Leonard Cohen's version comes in at No.36.
On the albums chart, meanwhile, Take That have also broken the record, with their new album 'The Circus' becoming Britain's fastest selling album of the 21st century, notching up sales of more than one million copies after just three weeks on sale. This popularity is highlighted further by ticket sales for the band's forthcoming British tour, which have also topped the one million mark.