With what you might regard as depressing predictability the long-awaited duet between Ed Sheeran and Elton John, the snappily titled Merry Christmas appears to be running away with this week’s chart race, the Monday midweeks suggesting it has 33,000 chart sale to its name so far with Adele a somewhat distant second on just over 19,000. I described the song to friends as like having two embarrassing uncles empty a bucket of warm piss over you, but they have grabbed December by the balls and you have to wonder at what point they intend to let it go.
Rather fascinatingly the Gayle track is nowhere to be seen in the Top 5 (she tumbles to No.7), with Wham, Mariah and The Pogues taking up the remaining three spaces. That in itself is rather fascinating as this was the week last year in which All I Want For Christmas Is You finally ceremonially ascended to the Number One position.
What is absorbing is that for the first time Mariah Carey does not have the most popular festive oldie, instead Last Christmas is in the lead, Music Week reporting Wham have 4.2m streams so far this week, just over 100,000 more than Mariah.
Meanwhile the Amazon originals, new recordings of Christmas songs that are not encumbered by the ACR rules that older hits are subject to, are starting to assert themselves. George Ezra’s Come On Home For Christmas is presently at No.10, the last of eight different festive records set to dominate this week’s Top 10.