The Broons set to give Susan Boyle a run for her money

SCOTLAND’s first family – The Broons – are set to challenge Susan Boyle for the coveted Christmas number one spot with the release of their very first album.

The compilation CD named The Broons Family Album: A Braw Collection O’ The Broons Favourite Tunes was released a week ago and has already rocketed into the UK charts coming inside the top 30.

The iconic comic strip family from Glebe Street, who first appeared in the Sunday Post as far back as 1936, have the support of Beatles record label EMI.

And insiders are widely predicting The Broons will be locked in a full scale “battle” with Susan Boyle the week before Christmas for the number one spot in Scotland.

In some record stores it is already the number one compilation album.

A spokesperson for HMV in Dundee said: “Broons are the third biggest seller in the store for the week only being outsold by Susan Boyle and Bon Jovi.”

The album contains five CD’s with a mix of music mostly hailing from the sixties. Continue reading


Gamu given good odds for Christmas number one

By Christine Lavelle

X FACTOR star Gamu Nhengu has been tipped to take this year’s Christmas number one slot.

Bookies have been forced dropped the 18-year-old’s odds from 50-1 to 15-1 as scores of people have been placing bets on her to land the festive chart-topper.

Alex Donohue, from Ladbroke’s betting shop, said: “Gamu’s popularity was evident when she was eliminated from X Factor.

“With some key public appearances in the run-up to the festive period, our punters have latched on to the fact that she may well be aiming for the coveted Christmas number one.

“We have seen a lot of money for her, so have been forced to slash the odds.” Continue reading

X Factor Single To Make Pop History

By Alexander Lawrie

THE NEW X Factor single could be about to make chart history – with two versions of the classic song fighting it out for the Christmas number one.

Winner Alexandra Burke’s version of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah is favourite to hit the number one slot this week, but the Jeff Buckley version is hot on its heels.

An online campaign was set up last week by fans of Buckley, and their efforts were rewarded when the American singer-songwriter’s version entered the charts at number 30.

But this week has seen the campaign gather momentum and the Buckley cover – which is widely held as the definitive version – now looks destined for at least a top three position.

It would be the first time ever that the same song by two different artists has held the top two chart positions.

Alexandra Burke beat off stiff competition from boy band JLS to win the X Factor crown on Saturday evening.

And the last few years has seen the Christmas number one going to the competition’s winner – although this year’s race for the coveted position is the closest for years with former-X Factor winner Leona Lewis also in the running with her cover of Snow Patrol’s Run.

But, according to the midweek sales figures, Buckley is just one place behind Lewis in the race to the top of the charts.

HMV’s Gennaro Castaldo said: “Alexandra’s cover of Hallelujah has to be a massive favourite for the Christmas No.1 – the track has already been downloaded over 150,000 times, and it remains’s fastest-ever seller, but it’s been such a bizarre year that I always thought that there could be some kind of twist. 

“And it looks as if this may come in the guise of Jeff Buckley’s classic cover version of the same song.  An internet and media campaign to get people to download it seems to be bearing fruit, and the track has climbed into the provisional midweek charts. 

“It’s now just behind Leona Lewis, at no.3, and we suddenly have the very real prospect of two different covers of the same song occupying the no.1 & 2 slots in the Official UK charts.  I don’t think this has ever happened in UK Charts history, and certainly not for Christmas. 

“Leonard Cohen must think Christmas has come early.”