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X Factor finalists top UK chart with Bowie's Heroes

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Image caption The finalists recorded a cover of David Bowie's Heroes for charity

Finalists from this year's X Factor have topped the singles chart with their version of David Bowie's Heroes.

The song has been released in aid of armed forces charity Help For Heroes.

It sold 144,000 copies during its first week, which has only been equalled this year by Haiti's Everybody Hurts charity single and Cheryl Cole's Promise This.

Take That's Progress was number one in the album chart for a second week, while JLS were at number two with Outta This World.

Westlife were at number three in the album chart with their new release Gravity.

And tenor Russell Watson made a comeback after suffering two brain tumours with his new album La Voce a new entry at number 13.

Take That's album sold 208,000 copies following on from its opening week sales of 520,000.

But the week's biggest-selling album was the 77th volume of Now That's What I Call Music, which sold 334,000 copies to reach number one in the compilation albums chart.

Help for Heroes, which was set up in 2007, has raised more than £70m for wounded UK soldiers and their families.

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