X Factor 2012: James Arthur on track to break records with winner’s single Impossible as Jay-Z and Simon Cowell battle to sign him!

by Lynn Rowlands

This year’s X Factor winner James Arthur is on track to break records as his debut single – which is of course his winner’s single – Impossible is selling like hot cakes!

The Sun reports, “Early figures show the 24-year-old’s single Impossible, which was available to download as soon as James’ victory was announced on Sunday night, had sold 187,000 copies by midnight last night.”

HMV’s Gennaro Castaldo said, “The X Factor winner’s single is always a big deal. We’re expecting huge sales and for James to get his first UK No 1 come Sunday.”

In 2008 victor Alexandra Burke’s winner’s single Hallelujah had sold 147,000 copies three days after it was released, while Matt Cardle’s 2010 single When We Collide sold 112,000 at the comparable point.

And somewhat surprisingly, last year’s winners Little Mix sold just 69,000 copies of Cannonball by this time in 2011.

However, Shayne Ward still holds the title for selling the most copies of his debut single during the first week of sales. His track That’s My Goal sold a whopping 289,000 copies on the day it was released on CD, leading to record sales of 742,000 when combined with digital downloads.

And the good news just keeps coming for James as the Daily Star reports that he is the subject of a “multi-million-pound tug of war” between Jay-Z and Simon Cowell, who are both battling it out to sign him.

But of course, James is contracted to released his first album on Simon’s label, Syco, so if Jay-Z really wants Boro boy James, the paper states, “he will have to stump up millions to get him out of contract with 53-year-old Cowell.”

A source revealed, “Jay-Z is a keen spotter of British talent and is already involved with Rita Ora, K Koke and worked with Tinchy Stryder and Sugababes too.

“He is convinced James can follow One Direction’s lead and break into the American market.

“Jay knows what kind of music James should be making and that’s gritty and edgy.

“He feels his team could master an album of worldwide hits.”

Here’s a reminder of James performing Impossible…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.