C.x (itsjustc) wrote,

65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2013

Sam Bailey - Skyscraper

"Skyscraper" is a song performed by Sam Bailey, winner of the tenth series of The X Factor. It was written by Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins and Kerli Kõiv. The song was inspired by a picture of the apocalypse, in which the world was in ruins and among collapsed buildings, one skyscraper was still standing.

The song is a ballad and the lyrics speak of staying strong and believing in yourself.

On 15 December 2013, Bailey performed the song live on The X Factor final, and the single became the 2013 Christmas number-one single on the UK Singles Chart.

On December 18, 2013, the song entered number one on the Official Chart Update in the UK, ahead of "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. On December 19. On December 22, "Skyscraper" debuted at number one with sales of 148,853 copies. Despite more than doubling the sales of closest competitor "Happy" (63,858), it produced the second-lowest first-week sales of any X Factor winner's single; the lowest was Steve Brookstein's version of Phil Collins' "Against All Odds". It was, however, the fifth fastest-selling single of 2013 in the UK. The following week, "Skyscraper" dropped to number two, with "Happy" claiming the final UK number one of 2013.

Tags: 2013, sam bailey, skyscraper, uk christmas no1s

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