Louisa Johnson has entered the charts only selling 39,000 copies of her single making it the worst debut for a winner. It entered the UK’s single charts at number 9. Despite winning the X Factor with 53.9% of the vote, the 17 year old singer is said to be very disappointed to only sell a low number of copies.
The singer caused controversy during the competition, when her Twitter profile announced her as the X Factor winner two days before the final announcement was made.
The tweet read: “X Factor-winner Louisa Johnson’s new single is out now! Get the winner’s single ‘Forever Young’ on iTunes now.” The announcement on Twitter proves to X Factor fans and the public that the competition was fixed, so people knew before the final announcement so why was it still not selling?
The success of Justin Bieber’s new album, Purpose was a best selling release. The singer has broken the UK Chart’s which was previously held by the Beatles, becoming the first artist ever to have four weeks at number 1 and 2. Love Yourself had its third week at the top of the charts, while Sorry stayed in the second spot.
Johnson’s single Forever Young is at a comparative disadvantage, However, as only four days of the chart week count towards her song’s chart position. This follows the shift of the singles and album chart from Sunday to Friday. Weekly chart positions are determined by sales from Friday through to midnight on Thursday, and Forever Young did not go on sale until Sunday night.