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Dec 25, 2015 8:43 AM

UK's Christmas No. 1 goes to charity song, not Justin Bieber

The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) The National Health Service Choir has beaten Justin Bieber to capture Britain's official Christmas No. 1 song and he's OK with that.

The Canadian pop star's "Love Yourself" was ahead earlier this week but then Bieber tweeted that he wanted fans to "do the right thing" and boost the charity single to the coveted spot.

The choir's mash-up "A Bridge Over You" on Friday finished nearly 31,000 copies ahead of Bieber in the singles competition although he still commands three of the top five spots.

The choir said "it's a brilliant celebration for the NHS across the country, so well done and thank you everyone." Proceeds will go to several health-related charities.

The NHS, founded in 1948, is a source of national pride for many Britons.

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