The X Factor: Sam Bailey to rush release covers album & achieves lowest selling winners single since 2004 – NOOO!

by Nick Barnes
Sam Bailey

Sam Bailey

Sometimes, you just don’t know which way is up and which way is down! The X Factor’s Sam Bailey has had a triumphant couple of weeks, not least because she won the 2013 series of The X Factor.

Yesterday, Bailey went on to achieve the 2013 Christmas number one with her winner’s single – a cover of Demi Lovato’s Skyscraper and it seems Cowell is taking her down the whole ‘covers’ route. Why oh why?

Yesterday, Sam explained that she is going to be hurled straight into the studio in the New Year and she will begin working on a covers album, which will no doubt be rush-released for Mother’s Day. Does Tesco Mary spring to mind, anyone?

Sam said: “2014 is going to be a huge year for me. Basically, I’m in the studio pretty much straight away. We’re hoping to get an album out for spring. On the album, I’m going to try and do things a little bit differently.

“I want to do some songs that people haven’t heard in a while, and bring back some stuff that people probably haven’t even heard of, so that it feels like a new song”.

However, Sam has insisted that she wants to work on her own stuff and she is going to try and get some original material out soon enough. But, the usual X Factor conveyor belt usually dictates that the winners have an original album out by autumn the following year. If Sam is going to stay true to that, it’s definitely going to be a very busy year for her.

Sam Bailey Radio 1

“I’m going to try and do some stuff of my own and get some songs out there that are originals,” she added “We’re getting our heads together in the next few weeks, just to see what we can come up with. I’m really excited and I’m just ready to knuckle down and get this album out”.

Elsewhere, it has been revealed that Sam Bailey’s winner’s single is the lowest-selling single since 2004, but it still managed to top the charts.

I don’t know whether this tells you much about The X Factor or the Official charts that the second lowest-selling winner’s single can still go on a blow the competition out of the water.

In total over the last seven days, 148,853 copies have been shifted of Sam’s cover of Skyscraper, which sits just behind Steve Brookstein’s first week sales of 127,372.

As if that wasn’t enough, Skyscraper has become the lowest selling Christmas Number One since way back in 2001.

At present, Shayne Ward still holds onto at least one crown as his winner’s single That’s My Goal is still the fastest selling winner’s single, selling a huge 742,180 copies.

The likes of Leona Lewis went on to sell 517,000 copies in her first week. In comparison, last year’s winner James Arthur managed to shift 490,000 copies of Impossible.

Nick Barnes

Nick is the Assistant Editor at Unreality TV, along with being a full-time Beyoncé obsessor! Email him at or catch him on Twitter @ImNickBarnes

1 Comment

  1. whatever on December 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I think that an EP of great covers of songs that are not 3 years old (like Skyscraper…) is a good idea, it’s better that she releases something when she is still relatively fresh in people’s minds. But she needs to work on original material too so that she can release an original album or EP by the end of 2014 IMO.
    If Syco just releases covers with no further plans for 2014, then that means that they really are planning to ditch her & not give her a chance IMO.

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