LONDON, Dec 16 (Reuters) - James Arthur, winner of this
year's British version of the "X Factor" TV talent show, saw his
debut single shoot straight to number one in the British pop
charts on Sunday.
Arthur's "Impossible" became the fastest-selling release of
2012 in the process, selling 490,000 copies, to see off another
new entry, "Scream & Shout" by U.S. rapper will.i.am featuring
Britney Spears, the Official Charts Company said.
U.S. singer Bruno Mars fell a place to third with "Locked
Out Of Heaven" and last week's chart-topper "The Power Of Love",
a cover of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood hit by Gabrielle Aplin,
was fourth. "Troublemaker" by Olly Murs, a former X Factor
runner-up, dropped two places to fifth.
Mars notched up the fastest-selling solo release of the year
with "Unorthodox Jukebox" to take top spot in the album chart,
pushing "Right Place Right Time" by Murs into second, with
Michael Buble in third with "Christmas".
(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Kevin Liffey)