Despite missing out on a Christmas number 1, James Arthur has been mighty gracious in defeat, praising the charity Hillsborough single, which raises money for those affected by the tragic disaster.
On Friday, he tweeted about his own debut release, writing: "Platinum single baby! Not a bad start :) thanks to all who bought it now make sure the Hillsborough tune is number 1!!! #LOVE." Later, upon realising his wasn't going to get that much-coveted Christmas top-spot, Arthur wrote: "He ain't heavy he's my brother the deserved Xmas number 1. Beautiful song and a very worthy cause. Bless all affected by the disaster #LOVE." An ever growing presence on Twitter, Arthur tweeted, "I'm in Swindon chillin with my homeboy @jahmenedouglas in preparation for my gig at bushwackers!! #LOVE." But it's clearly been an exhausting time, because the Middlesbrough singer later added: "Swindon you were sick! I'm literally sick! so I'm off home for Christmas to see the Fam and get well and I'll be back on it next week! #LOVE."
The Justice Collective's version of 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' sold more than 269,000 copies, which saw it comfortably outsell x factor winner James Arthur's debut single Impossible by 45,000, according to figures from the Official Charts Company.