On Sunday 14th December 2008, just a few hours after Alexandra Burke was announced as the winner of the 2008 UK X-Factor
reality show, her version of this Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley song
was released online. It immediately began shattering records for the fastest selling download in the UK, selling 149,546 downloads in two days. The previous record holder, Leona Lewis' version of Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This
, shifted 139,000 in seven days. By the following Tuesday the song was also available physically and by the end of the week its combined sales had reached around 576,000 copies, more than the rest of the Top 20 singles put together. This was the highest single week sale of any single since December 2005, when X-Factor
winner Shayne Ward's debut single "That's My Goal
" sold 742,000 copies in its debut week. It also became the fastest ever-selling single in the UK by a solo female artist.