X Factor winner Matt Cardle was crowned king of the UK pop charts when he soared to the top spot to claim the prized Christmas number one.
The 27-year-old left competition from the anti-Simon Cowell camp trailing in his wake as his cover of the Biffy Clyro track ‘When We Collide’ won pop pickers' hearts.
His version of the song by the Mercury Prize-nominated rock trio sold 439,000 copies in the six days following his victory last Sunday, the Official Charts Company said.
This represented a record weekly total for a non-charity release this year and gave Cardle a lead of more than 300,000 over Rihanna Ft Drake's ‘What's My Name’, which finished in second place.
Cardle's planned celebrations involved "one or two beers".
He said: "I can't believe it. As if winning wasn't enough. I honestly didn't think I'd even make it on to the live shows, let alone win and now be the Christmas number one.
"I can't even begin to describe how if feels. It's nuts, crackers and crazy. To think that many people have supported me and bought the record is absolutely mind blowing."
Cardle also topped the Irish singles charts this week, beating competition from comedy duo Rubberbandits.
'When We Collide' went straight to the top , despite an Internet campaign to get Rubberbandits' single 'Horse Outside' to Number One.