LadBaby broke the record they previously shared with the Beatles to score their fifth consecutive Christmas number one single.
YouTubers Mark and Roxanne Hoyle covered the Band Aid classic Did They Know It’s Christmas? In collaboration with Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert, the lyrics were rewritten around their traditional hot dog theme – with the blessing of original songwriters Midge Ure and Bob Geldof – and renamed Food Aid.
“We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the past five years,” the duo told the Official Charts Company. A big apology to the Beatles, and to all Beatles fans…the charity wins. The Trussell Trust gets Christmas No. 1 again!
“Thank you to all the people who downloaded, and all the people who believed in us and brought in a little Christmas magic. We love you all. Yes buddy!”
As with all of LadBaby’s Christmas singles, proceeds from the song benefit the Trussell Trust, which works to stop hunger and poverty in the UK and operates a network of food banks.
When they announced the single, Howells said: “We had no intention of releasing a fifth single at Christmas, but as ambassadors for the Trussell Trust, we weren’t prepared to sit back and do nothing in a year when people are struggling more than ever.”
With five Christmas singles to their name, the pair have now outdone the Beatles; The duo already hold the record for the most consecutive Christmas number 1 hits. Food Aid follows LadBaby’s earlier hits Sausage Rolls for Everyone, featuring Ed Sheeran and Elton John, Don’t Stop Me Eatin’, I Love Sausage Rolls and We Build This City.
The Beatles had three consecutive Christmas No. 1 hits – I Want to Hold Your Hand in 1963, I Feel Alright in 1964 and Day Tripper/We Can Work Out Out in 1965. Their fourth overall, Hello, Goodbye, came in 1967.
LadBaby’s success means Wham! It ranked second, although Last Christmas was the most streamed song of the week, with 12.9 million plays.
LadBaby’s closest competition came from a new song from fellow YouTube stars Sidemen — KSI, Vik, and Tobi — in Christmas Drillings, which features rapper JME and rose from No. 41 last week to No. 3. FareShare Charitable Charitable Network, which aims to reduce food poverty and food waste in the UK.
Essex punk band Countess also made their third attempt at a Christmas No. 1 fill with their song “Fuck the Tories”, which charted at No. 7.
There were also festive flowing perennials from Mariah Carey, who dropped All I Want for Christmas is two places to No. 4, and Brenda Lee, who hit No. 8 with Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Merry Christmas in 2021, a collaboration between Ed Sheeran and Elton John, ranked fifth.
Taylor Swift’s Midnights returned to the top of the albums chart, beating out Cliff Richard’s Christmas with Cliff to become the No. 1 Christmas album.
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