X Factor star Jake Quickenden hopes Mile High will make the top 20
X FACTOR star Jake Quickenden is aiming to climb a Mile High in the charts after the release of his new single.
Bottesford singer Jake, 24, has released the track for downloads via the iTunes website.
The song, called Mile High, climbed to number 47 in the iTunes chart overnight and broke into the top 20 within 24 hours of its release.
That placed him above acts such as McFly and Ellie Goulding in the online music retailer's list of most popular downloads.
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Jake reached the judges houses round of this year's X Factor contest and was seen by millions of television viewers across the country.
After failing to be chosen for the live rounds of the show, he vowed to continue his dream of becoming a professional recording artist.
And he said he hoped Mile High's success would help towards realising his ambition.
Jake said: "I am hoping if it gets into the iTunes top 20, surely someone is going to have to look at it and play it on the radio.
"It has not been released through a label. It is a studio in Castleford that I have been working in.
"I put it together with my guitar, then I changed it and put it with piano instead, so it would show off my vocals.
"I haven't signed a record deal with anybody and I am waiting to see how this does.
"To get to number 47 overnight was great.
"I am not sure how many copies it has to sell to get into the top 20 but I am guessing it is quite a few.
"I am just writing new songs and working on new stuff and this is going to help me, if I can get it into the top 20."
Jake has promoted the track through social networking site Twitter and is hoping to have it played on local radio stations.
Describing the song, he said: "I wrote it to be a bit cheeky but I think it sounds pretty good. It shows off what I can do with my voice a bit more than the X Factor did, so I am hoping people realise I can sing.
"If it keeps climbing the singles chart, I am sure labels will be looking at that and if they can see it doing well, there is no reason why they can't come along and say they like me."
Mile High, by Jake Quickenden, is available via iTunes, priced at 79p. Go to www.itunes.co.uk