X Factor’s James Arthur has international appeal as Impossible hits no 2 in Australia, New Zealand & Switzerland

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James Arthur isn’t just popular in the UK it would seem, as this week his debut single has charted in the top five in Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland.

The singer songwriter clearly has international appeal, which is a great sign ahead of the release of his debut album later in the year, and news that ‘Impossible’ has charted so well outside of Britain is sure to please his label boss Simon Cowell.

Of course the track was a huge hit in the UK when it was released in December 2012, following James’ win on the ITV series The X Factor. All proceeds of it’s sale were being donated to children’s charity ‘Together For Short Lives’ and the single not only claimed the number one spot in the singles chart but also went on to become the best selling X Factor single of all time.

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Impossible was also named the fifth best-selling single of 2012, after shifting 897,000 copies by the end of the year and it was nominated for Best British Single at The Brit Awards last week, but James lost out to Adele with her 007 track ‘Skyfall.’

The song also topped the charts in Ireland on it’s release there and reached number 8 in the Slovakian charts recently.

James landed a record deal with SYCO as part of his X Factor win, but it is not yet known if an American deal will follow as it has for other alumni of the show, including One Direction, Leona Lewis and Cher Lloyd.

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Arthur wrapped up the nationwide X Factor tour last night and will soon head into the studio to get cracking on his new record. Labrinth revealed this week that he is hoping to get some collaborations between himself and James on there.

“I love James. Hopefully we’ll get in the studio and do something,” he said, of his fellow Syco signee.

The Northern lad will also be assisted by producer Fraser T Smith, who has previously worked with Adele, Leona Lewis and Dappy.

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Lisa McGarry

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