A song composed by a market trader to sell fish could reach number one in the UK music charts, after he was signed up by Warner Bros, vying with this year's X Factor winner for the spot, amongst others. Joel Flynn reports.
One's the product of a multi-mullion pound television series that has churned out dozens of stars. The other's trying to sell fish. But James Arthur, the winner of X-Factor, and Muhammad Shahid Nazir, a fish seller from East London are now vying for the lucrative UK Christmas number one music single. Nazir's hit overnight fame with his song "One Pound Fish". If you haven't guessed, it's about the price of the fish being sold from a market stall he works at. He's now been signed up by Warner Brothers' record label. And apparently he may have the owner of the stall to thank. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MUHAMMAD SHAHID NAZIR, "ONE POUND FISH" MAN, SAYING: "I started this job before eight months, so my owner says Shahid you have to shout to attract customers. So I think the shout is not good, the people feel disturbance. But it's a God gifted song. I don't wanna say I wake up all night -- I work one week on this song. No, this [inaudible] put the idea in my mind and I started this song 'Come on ladies, come on ladies, one pound fish'. You can say the first impression is the last impression. The people say it's so catchy, your voice is very good you should go to X Factor, you should go to Britain's Got Talent, that they have different opinion. They all so happy. So I am still so happy now." But X Factor winner James Arthur says he's equally excited about his own record. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JAMES ARTHUR, 2012 UK X FACTOR WINNER, SAYING: "It's one of the fastest selling singles in the UK, oh sorry it's the fastest winning single that there's ever been so I can't be anything more than thrilled about that." Nazir could have a shot at the Christmas number one single in the UK. He's had five million views one YouTube in the last week alone. He's still got to go back to Pakistan to change his immigration status. But he's already working on a follow up.