The race is underway for the U.K.’s coveted Christmas No. 1, and there’s a holidays theme spread across the main contenders.
The reigning champ LadBaby is off to the best possible start with “Don’t Stop Me Eatin’,” which blasts off with 80,000 chart sales after just 48 hours and is poised for one of the biggest opening weeks of 2020.
“Don’t Stop Me Eatin’” is No. 1 on the Official Chart: First Look, which ranks tracks based on the weekend’s sales and streaming activity, ahead of Jess Glynne’s cover of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” rocketing 9-2.
LadBaby has history on its side. The family act had the U.K.’s Christmas No. 1 single in 2019 with the Joan Jett spoof “I Love Sausage Rolls” and in 2018 with another spoof release, “We Built This City.”
With that feat, they became the first act in U.K. chart history to have consecutive novelty Christmas No. 1s. They’ll expect to make it a threepeat when the Official U.K. Singles Chart is published this Friday (Dec. 25).
Proceeds from LadBaby’s latest single will once again support U.K. food bank charity The Trussell Trust.
Also aiming high is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” the U.K.’s most streamed track of the week so far, at No. 3; the Official Charts Company reports, just ahead of Wham’s “Last Christmas” at No. 4.
Former Oasis and Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher could snag his first solo Top 10 single with “All You’re Dreaming Of.” The charity fundraising effort lifts 59-5 following its release on release last week on limited edition vinyl formats. Proceeds benefit Action for Children.