Justin Bieber, NHS Choir U.K. Christmas No. 1 race is tighter than ever | EW.com


Justin Bieber urges fans to support NHS Choir for U.K.'s Christmas No. 1

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The race for the U.K.’s coveted Christmas No. 1 spot is tighter than ever, and Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” currently has the lead. However, the Biebs is feeling the holiday spirit and is instead urging his fans to support the Greenwich NHS Choir and their charity. 

“I’m hearing this U.K. Christmas race is close…but the [NHS Choir] single is for charity,” Bieber tweeted Wednesday. “So for [one] week it’s ok not to be #1. Let’s do the right thing & help them win. [NHS Choir,] good luck…This is what it’s all about. Merry Christmas.” 




Sales of the choir’s “A Bridge Over You,” a mash-up of Simon & Garfunkel’s “A Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Coldplay’s “Fix You,” supports health-related charities such as Carers U.K. and Mind. The ensemble is made up of healthcare staffers from NHS, including 28-year-old physio Liz Steele. 

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“[The song] celebrates what the NHS is all about in terms of us being there for people, helping people get better and recovering,” Liz told BBC’s Newsbeat. “It was supposed to be something that signifies us.” Listen to it below. 

The No. 1 song will be officially announced on Christmas Day, and NHS Choir is about 662 sales behind Bieber. “With just two days to go, it really is too close to call,” said Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, “possibly the most exciting battle since Joe McElderry took on Rage Against The Machine in 2009.”