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Ben Haenow's single hits number one in iTunes chart

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X FACTOR winner Ben Haenow is number one in the iTunes download chart with his first single, Something I Need.

The Shirley van-driver won the ITV talent competition last night after getting 57% of the 10 million votes cast to beat fellow finalist Fleur East and win a £1 million record deal.

Ben's single, originally by One Republic, has made the top spot of the download chart in less than 24 hours since its release yesterday despite the X Factor final hitting a ten year low in viewer numbers with just over nine million people tuning in.

The tweeted after the show saying: "Hahahhaa it's real!! I'm actually holding my new single. This is crazy! Thank you everyone."

Ed Sheeran is at number three in the chart with Thinking Out Loud after Ben performed the song first in week eight and then as a duet with Sheeran in part one of the final on Saturday.

After the duet Sheeran said: "I came back to say thank you because he made me number one again last week."

Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk is number two in the iTune's chart after Fleur's performance of the track in the X Factor semi-final saw Ronson release it five weeks early to get his first number one.

All proceeds from Ben's single sales will go to charity Together for Short Lives, and last week Ben visited Shooting Star Chase, a children's hospice charity which will benefit from some of the money raised.

Something I Need was released for download at the end of yesteday's X Factor final. It will be available to buy in stores on Wednesday (December 17).

Ben Haenow's single hits number one in iTunes chart


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