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Video: Sam Bailey reaches high with Skyscraper and hits number one slot

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Sam Bailey has said that storming to the top of the charts with her debut single on Sunday has been the icing on the cake.

The former Gartree Prison Officer was the bookie’s favourite to take the number one going into the race with odds at 1/66.

She manage to stave off fierce competition however from Lily Allen’s Keane cover for the Christmas John Lewis advert which was top of the charts last week.

A campaign to prevent Sam reaching the top by encouraging people to buy Highway to Hell by ACDC failed miserably with the song only reaching number four.

The campaign to take it to the top gathered 150,000 supporters online and the support of Jon Morter whose similar 2009 campaign put Rage Against The Machine at No.1, but all of this was no match for Sam.

She said that being number one is absolutely amazing and was the icing on the cake. It follows her X Factor win last weekend when she beat Nicholas McDonald in the X Factor final.

Before her single Skyscraper was announced at being on the top of the charts, Sam had to face a game of truth or dare on the BBC Radio 1 chart show.

DJ Scott Mills dared Sam to wear a Nottingham Forest shirt, but Sam refused, preferring instead for the nation to hear an embarrassing story about herself told by a friend.

Sam said that the fact the fact proceeds from the single are going to two charities, Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity and Together For Short Lives, made reaching the number one slot extra special.

Rainbows Hospice is one of the charities that will benefit from sales of the single.

Figures from the Official Charts Company show Sam sold 149,000 copies of Skyscraper this week, a cover of a track by Demi Lovato.

The former prison officer outsold her nearest rival, Pharrell’s Happy, by two to one to become one of the fastest selling singles of the year.

Sam said that she will be celebrating reaching the top of the charts by having a cup of tea and perhaps even a glass of champagne.

She will be celebrating the win as well by spending time with her husband Craig, her two children and the rest of her family during Christmas.

Speaking after the win Sam said that she is hoping her album will be out by the spring and that as well as original material she is hoping to cover songs that people may have not necessarily heard of.

 

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