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Former van driver Ben Haenow won last year’s X Factor with 57% of the public vote. Statistics later revealed Croydon-born singer had topped the phone vote for the last seven weeks of the contest – thanks to the unusual tactic of spurning saccharine ballads for full-throated rock songs (in an X Factor first, he performed […]

X Factor winner Ben Haenow has won the race for the Christmas number one, the Official Charts Company has announced. The former van driver sold 214,000 copies of his single Something I Need, which was originally recorded by US pop band OneRepublic. His nearest rivals were Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, whose song Uptown Funk […]

Quartet Clean Bandit have gone straight to the top of the UK singles chart with Rather Be, featuring Jess Glynne. The group knocked Pharrell Williams’s Happy off the top spot while Pitbull’s Timber, featuring Kesha, fell from two to five. The rest of the top five was made up of new entries, with the Vamps’ […]