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X Factor stars past and present top the charts

X Factor 2011 finalists Little Mix
Image caption X Factor finalists Little Mix will battle for the title next week against Marcus Collins and Amelia Lily

X Factor stars past and present have topped the UK singles and album charts.

The ITV1 show's charity single - a cover of Rose Royce's 1978 hit Wishing On A Star - went straight to number one on Sunday.

The track features current contestants and former participants One Direction and JLS. All profits go to the Together For Short Lives charity.

Olly Murs, who was runner-up in the talent show in 2009, topped the album charts with In Case You Didn't Know.

Murs' second album shifted more than 148,000 copies in its first week and held off strong competition from Michael Buble's Christmas album, this week's number two.

It was Murs' first number one album as his debut eponymous record, released last year, was held off the top spot by Take That.

The X Factor contestants who appear on the charity single include all the singers who made it to the live finals, apart from Frankie Cocozza who left the show last month for breaking the show's rules.

A statement from boyband JLS, who made it to the final of X Factor in 2008, said: "It's an absolute pleasure to have been invited by Simon [Cowell] to feature on the new X Factor charity single. It's all for a great cause."

Jessie J's Who You Are climbed to number eight from last week's position of 37 - boosted by the singer's appearance on the X Factor results show.

New entries came from Scottish soul singer Emeli Sande, whose second single, Daddy, landed at number 21; and rapper Example, whose track Midnight Run rose to 36 from last week's 52.

Meanwhile, The Pogues' Christmas classic Fairytale of New York made its annual appearance in the top 40, nestling at number 23.

In the album chart, the second highest new entry was Il Divo's Wicked Game, which went straight in at number six.

Take That and Joe McElderry also saw their new albums debut in the top 20, while N-Dubz Greatest Hits compilation limped into the chart at 38.

On Sunday, 19-year-old Misha Bryan was voted off the current X Factor by the public, leaving girl band Little Mix, Marcus Collins and Amelia Lily to fight it out for the title in next week's final at London's Wembley Arena.

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