Christmas Number One – 1990-2010

X Factor winner Matt Cardle is the Xmas number 1 favourite

Every year there seems to be more and more controversy surrounding the highest selling record of the week that holds Christmas.  From 2005 to 2008, The X Factor winners single has come top trumps, a fact that seems to aggravate many members of the public and the music industry.

Remarkably, in 2009 a facebook campaign to get Rage Against The Machine‘s ‘Killing In The Name‘ Christmas number one was successful, beating Joe McElderry, that year’s winner of The X Factor, who charted at number two. Rage Against The Machine reached number one through downloads alone, although there was much intrigue around the campaign, with critics noting that the X Factor winner and Rage Against The Machine are signed to labels that are part of Sony BMG.

Yet again, there have been many efforts to stop this years X Factor winner, Matt Cardle, from getting to number one. These include John Cage‘s effort to get a “silent single”, ‘4’33‘, which is simply 4 minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence to number one and another facebook campaign which aims to get facebook users to buy The Trashmen’s ‘Surfin’ Bird‘ so that it reaches number one. Another contender is Ellie Goulding’s version of ‘Your Song‘.

Currently it would seem that Matt Cardle is going to get to number one when tonight’s all important chart is revealed. Here is a list of the previous Christmas number one holders from 1990.

1990 – Sir Cliff Richard – ‘Saviour’s Day’
1991 – Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
1992 – Whitney Houston –  ‘I Will Always Love You’
1993 – Mr Blobby – ‘Mr Blobby’
1994 – East 17 – ‘Stay Another Day’
1995 – Michael Jackson – ‘Earth Song’
1996 – Spice Girls – ‘2 Become 1’
1997 – Spice Girls – ‘Too Much’
1998 – Spice Girls – ‘Goodbye’
1999 – Westlife – ‘I Have A Dream/ Seasons In The Sun’
2000 – Bob The Builder – ‘Can We Fix It’
2001 – Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman – ‘Somethin’ Stupid’
2002 – Girls Aloud – ‘Sound Of The Underground’
2003 – Michael Andrews & Gary Jules – ‘Mad World’
2004 – Band Aid 20 – ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’
2005 – Shayne Ward – ‘That’s My Goal’
2006 – Leona Lewis – ‘A Moment Like This’
2007 – Leon Jackson – ‘When You Believe’
2008 – Alexandra Burke – ‘Hallelujah’
2009 – Rage Against The Machine – ‘Killing In The Name’

Update: Matt Cardle reached number one beating Rihanna‘s ‘What’s My Name’ featuring Drake.

The Low-down on Lip-syncing

Watching the X Factor results show last weekend made me start to think, how is it fair that some of the artists performing on the show are allowed to lip-sync? It hardly seems fair to the contestants, who are made to sing live, regardless of the type of performance they are putting on or whether they are ill. The artist in question, in this case, is Justin Bieber. The teen star has become a phenomenon in the last year, especially in the US. I have to admit, I’ve stayed away from the hype surrounding  him. Admittedly, I think he put on a good show and perhaps, as he has incorporated lots of dance into his performance, his lip-syncing is warranted in some situations. But I think as he was performing on a talent show, lip-syncing was perhaps inappropriate.

Here is the performance in question:

Artists such as Pink and N-Dubz have made pacts to never lip-sync on stage, as they think it’s wrong for fans to pay to see artists performing over playback. However, whether they will stick to this is unknown. In the past, American artist Ashlee Simpson, had also claimed to always sing live, however, she was caught out on the now infamous Saturday Night Live, hosted by Jude Law in 2004 as seen in the Fox News report below.

The list of artists who have previously lip-synced would be almost endless and in some situations, artists are required to lip-sync in particular venues and on particular shows. I think it will forever be a controversial topic as when singers lip-sync, it gives the impression that they aren’t good at live singing without the help of studio technology and auto-tuning. And anyone can sing along to a backing track, right?