Hillsborough families charity single is Christmas number 1

Besi Besemar December 24, 2012

Robbie Williams, The Justice Collective

The Hillsborough Familes tribute single, He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother, is this year’s Christmas number one in the pop charts. Released under the name The Justice Collective, it features artists such as Robbie Williams, Sir Paul McCartney and Mel C. It  has sold more than 295.000 copies since being released on December 17, comfortably outselling the single expected to be number one, X Factor winner James Arthur’s song, Impossible which sold 45,000 copies less.

James Arthur’s Impossible reached number 1 last Sunday, December 16. Early this week after making number 1, he tweeted to encourage his fans to make the Hillsborough single number one for Christmas:

His tweet read:

“Platinum single baby! Not a bad start 🙂 thanks to all who bought it now make sure the Hillsbrough tune is number 1!! #LOVE.”

After the announcement the Hillsborough single had reached number 1 he sent his congratulations.

He tweeted:

“He ain’t heavy he’s my brother, the deserved Xmas number 1. Beautiful song and a very worthy cause. Bless all affected by the disaster #LOVE.”

The single is raising money for the families of 96 Liverpool supporters who died in the crush at Hillsborough stadium in 1989 during an FA cup game between Liverpool FC and  Nottingham Forest. It will help pay the legal costs in their fight for justice over the last twenty two years.

The lineup of artists on the single include Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle, Beverley Knight, Melanie C, Andy Brown (Lawson), Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), Mick Jones (The Clash), Peter Hooton (The Farm), (The Justice Tonight band), Chris Sharrock (Beady Eye), Glen Tilbrook (Squeeze), Ren Harvieu, Dave McCabe (The Zutons), Paul Heaton (Beautiful South), Hollie Cook, Jon McClure (Reverend & The Makers), John Power (Cast) and Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers), who are all giving their time for free.

‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ is produced by the award-winning composer, Guy Chambers

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