Even last year’s winner James Arthur has made it into the top ten, with his winner’s single, a cover of Shontelle’s Impossible totalling up 1.2 million sales.
While 2008’s winner Alexandra Burke places fifth in the list of total single sales, her winner’s single, Hallelujah, is still the highest selling X Factor winner’s single to date, with more than 1.25 million sales.
The popularity of One Direction has not been enough to bump JLS out of third place, taking fourth spot in the chart.
Here’s how the top ten rank in order of how many singles they’ve sold*:
1. Leona Lewis: 4.4 million
2. Olly Murs: 3.9 million
3. JLS: 3.4 million
4. One Direction: 3.2 million
5. Alexandra Burke: 3.2 million
6. Shayne Ward: 1.8 million
7. Little Mix: 1.4 million
8. James Arthur: 1.2 million
9. Matt Cardle: 1.2 million
10. Joe McElderry: 1.0 million
*Figures are rounded so tied acts are ranked based on more absolute unit sales.
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