LadBaby makes chart history by securing a Christmas number-one charity single hit for a fifth consecutive year
Social media star Mark Hoyle and his wife Roxanne, known as LadBaby Mum, claimed the top spot with their single Food Aid, which reworks the Band Aid song Do They Know It’s Christmas? with lyrics about the cost-of-living crisis and includes vocals from MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis.
According to music chart data, in the run-up to Christmas, the track sold more than 65,000 units to become the fastest-selling single of 2022 to date. Haven’t heard it? Click on the YouTube link below.
Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said: “It only seems yesterday that LadBaby turned up with their first festive campaign four years ago, so it feels slightly surreal to be sending hearty congratulations on their fifth successive official Christmas number one.
“Securing one Christmas number one is a huge achievement in itself – to do it five times, in successive years, is unprecedented and frankly incredible.
“The success of Mark, Roxanne and their family is more than just a chart feat too.
“The work they have done to raise profile and funds for food banks generally and the Trussell Trust in particular has been immense over the past five years, especially at a time which continues to be so difficult for so many people in the UK.”
In 2021, LadBaby equalled the Beatles’ total of four Christmas number ones, earned by the Fab Four non-consecutively in 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1967.
However, Sir Paul McCartney has featured as an official artist on five festive chart-toppers, with his Beatles hits plus 1977’s Mull of Kintyre by his band Wings.
Profits from the new single will be split equally between food bank charities the Trussell Trust and the Band Aid Trust.