TV show winners top New Year music charts

Society Materials 31 December 2007 01:33 (UTC +04:00)

( AFP ) - This year's and last year's winners of a television talent show topped the singles charts Sunday, ensuring they reigned supreme heading into the New Year.

This year's "The X Factor" winner Leon Jackson celebrated his 19th birthday Sunday by staying at number one for a second week with his debut effort "When You Believe", the fastest-selling single of 2007.

The song has sold 119,927 copies in the past week, outselling the rest of the top five combined and bringing sales to 395,669 in two weeks.

Jackson, from near Edinburgh, will perform at the Scottish capital's Hogmanay celebrations to see in the New Year on Monday night.

Leona Lewis, last year's "The X Factor" winner, was second in the singles charts with "Bleeding Love", while her album "Spirit" remained atop the album charts.

Their success proves the enduring power of the television talent show format in Britain, which has produced acts such as Girls Aloud, Will Young, Lemar, Liberty X, The Cheeky Girls, G4 and Shayne Ward in recent years.

The format has been copied around the world.

Elsewhere in the British singles chart, Soulja Boy Tellem's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" rose two places to third, while "Apologize" by Timbaland Presents OneRepublic was at number four.

Take That came in fifth with "Rule The World".

Trailing Lewis in the album charts were Westlife at number two with "Back Home" and Take That's "Beautiful World" at three.

Michael Buble's "Call Me Irresponsible -- Special Edition" was in fourth place followed by troubled singer Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black", which has been in the top 40 for 61 weeks.