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YouTube star LadBaby has claimed the U.K.’s Official Singles Christmas #1 with charity release, “Don’t Stop Me Eatin’.” Over on albums, Paul McCartney claims the festive top spot with McCartney III (EMI).

“Don’t Stop Me Eatin’” is LadBaby’s third Christmas #1 and with 158,000 sales, it's the fastest-selling single since Artists For Grenfell’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in June 2017. Downloads and CDs represented 94% of the total sales figure; proceeds will go to foodbank charity The Trussell Trust.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia) by Mariah Carey is at #2 today, and “Last Christmas” (RCA) by Wham! stays at #3.

Jess Glynne's rendition of Donny Hathaway's “This Christmas,” released as an Amazon Original, climbs five places to a new peak at #4.

Finally, here’s something that sums up the mood in the U.K: cult Essex punk act The K**ts are new at #5 with an expletive-laden protest track about the British prime minister, titled “Boris Johnson is a F**king C**t.”

Over on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, McCartney III is McCartney’s first solo chart-topper in 31 years since 1989’s Flowers in the Dirt.

Taylor Swift’s Evermore (EMI) moves down one place to #2, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe remain at #3 with Together at Christmas (Decca) and Classic Diamonds (Capitol) by Neil Diamond & LSO is at #4.

Eminem’s surprise-release B Side deluxe edition of his former #1, Music To Be Murdered By (Polydor), lands at #7.