Simon Cowell’s Acts Miss Christmas No 1, Simco Earnings Down

Simon Cowell America's Got Talent Judge

There will be no Christmas No 1. on the UK charts for Simon Cowell this year.

The X Factor 2016 winner Matt Terryfell to No 8 this week with his debut solo single, “When Christmas Comes Around.” The Ed Sheeran-penned track debuted on the charts last week at No 3.

Sitting atop the chart is Clean Bandit, who have also kept Simon’s X Factor stars Louis Tomlinson and Little Mix off the top spot.

Clean Bandit’s single “Rockabye” has been No 1 for seven weeks, while Louis’ single, “Just Hold On,” slipped to third place. Little Mix entered the charts at No. 4 with their single “Touch.”

Last year, Simon’s acts were beaten to the top spot by the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir, while X Factor winner, Louisa Johnson, had the lowest-selling winner’s single in the show’s history topping out at No 9.

In 2014, X Factor winner Ben Haenow hit No 1. And in 2013 Sam Bailey occupied the top spot.

There is more bad news for Simon Cowell: Profits at his company Simco Ltd. have dropped by a third in the last year, from £27m to £18m. Cowell’s company blamed lower licensing income from shows including Britain’s Got Talent, X Factor UK and America’s Got Talent, and claimed the 32% drop in profit is a result of “the phasing of record releases”–whatever that means. I’m assuming it’s a vague way to state the company isn’t selling as many records as before.

X Factor UK has lost 10 million viewers since 2010 when more than 17 million people watched Matt Cardle take the crown. Only 7 million viewers tuned in two weeks ago to see Matt Terry win it all.

Simco’s takings before costs was down more than £7m, to £40m, with earnings dropping in both the UK and US. Dividend payments to parent company Syco, which is owned by Sony, dropped by more than £10m in a year, to £19m.

Via Daily Mirror, Daily Mirror

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