Shayne achieves his goal (and how!)


Last updated at 09:07 26 December 2005

Just eight days after winning The X Factor, Shayne Ward was celebrating again when his debut single was confirmed as the Christmas number one.

The song, That's My Goal, set a string of records as it powered to the top.

It became the second fastest selling non-charity single ever, beaten only by another reality TV star, Pop Idol winner Will Young, in 2002.

Ward, a 21-year-old former shop assistant from Manchester, also becomes the second youngest male solo artist to have a Christmas number one.

Jimmy Osmond was just nine years and eight months when he topped the charts in 1972 with I'll Be Your Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.

Ward, who says he wants to be the next Robbie Williams, also set a new record for the most Internet downloads in a week, 60,000.

Remarkably, his massive success came despite the fact that his record did not reach the shops until Wednesday.

Military-style operation

Its sales total of 742,180 was still more than half a million ahead of his nearest rivals Nizlopi.

The duo, also unheard of a few months ago, were number one last week with their novelty record about a boy who escapes bullies by going for a ride on his father's JCB.

Ward's stunning triumph was due to a military-style operation that had the CD presses running nonstop from the moment he beat former binman Andy Abraham in the X Factor final on December 17.

Almost 11 million viewers voted in the final, clinching a £1million recording contract for Ward as the winner of the ITV series entered by some 75,000 hopefuls.

Gennaro Castaldo of the music chain HMV said: "Shayne's sales figures are incredible. We haven't seen anything like this since Will Young.

"It seems that reality shows can generate sales that traditional artists can only dream about, because the fans are motivated by the fact they rang and voted for their favourite and feel a sense of ownership towards them."

Ward himself said: "I am so thrilled that my single is the Christmas number one. Thank you to everyone who bought That's My Goal, and all the thousands of people who voted for me on The X Factor.

"You have made my dream come true. I am still in shock and completely overwhelmed. I'd like wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

Bookmakers were less delighted, however. Ward's number one cost Ladbrokes more than £150,000.

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