Justin Bieber Tells Fans To Back Rival NHS Choir For U.K.’s Christmas No. 1 In Chart Battle

Justin Bieber is giving back to charity. The 21-year-old is leading the race for the U.K.’s Christmas No. 1 single in a tighter-than-tight face-off with the NHS Choir. But the superstar has told fans to back the NHS single, which will raise money for charities.

Bieber’s “Love Yourself” is currently leading the sales race against the NHS Choir’s “A Bridge Over You,” but the Canadian star has thrown his support behind his chart rival before the final announcement on the Christmas No. 1 is made on Christmas Day.

In a series of tweets shared from the Justin Bieber Twitter account on Wednesday, the Biebs explained his decision.

After retweeting a message from his manager, Scooter Braun, Justin told fans to back the NHS single as it’s the “right thing,” it’s “for charity, “and tweeted a link to their single.

“I’m hearing this UK Christmas race is close…but the @Choir_NHS single is for charity. So,” the Biebs began.

The “Love Yourself” singer continued, “So for 1 week it’s ok not to be #1. Let’s do the right thing & help them win. It’s Christmas. @Choir_NHS good luck http://www.nhsno1.com/download.”

In his last tweet, Justin concluded, “This is what it’s all about. Merry Christmas :)”

Once they heard what Bieber has done, the NHS choir and the charities that will benefit from sales of “A Bridge Over You” tweeted messages of gratitude to the singer.

The NHS single will raise money for charities such as “Carers U.K.” and “Mind” in support of the incredible work done by doctors, nurses, midwives, and many more within the National Health Service, which is the free system of health care in Britain.

The Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir tweeted, “@justinbieber Thank you. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from the UK. @NHS4XmasNo1 x”

While the “Mind” charity tweeted, “@justinbieber From us to you, that was a really good thing you just did – thank you again and Merry Christmas!”

As news spread online that Bieber was urging Beliebers to support the NHS Choir’s “A Bridge Over You” instead of “Love Yourself,” Twitter users, fans, and media outlets praised the singer’s charitable spirit and generosity.

.@NHS4XmasNo1 founder reacts to Justin Bieber endorsing the campaign – "Wow. I'm speechless" https://t.co/eAEUZVvBm4

— Dan Bloom (@danbloom1) December 23, 2015

Earlier this week, the U.K.’s Official Charts Company revealed there was a difference of 3,000 in Bieber’s favor between the Ed Sheeran co-penned “Love Yourself” and the NHS Choir’s “A Bridge Over You.” The margin later widened to 7,000, but NHS dramatically closed the gap and was just 662 sales behind the Biebs’ single on December 22.

Previously, Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company, said, “As well as climaxing on Christmas Day for just the fourth time in history, this year’s race for the festive Number 1 is looking like one of the closest ever. With just two days to go, it really is too close to call – possibly the most exciting battle since Joe McElderry took on Rage Against The Machine in 2009.”

Now, with Justin Bieber throwing his hand in — for one week only — the NHS’ “A Bridge Over You,” is guaranteed to be the U.K.’s Christmas No. 1 on the Official Top 40 Singles Chart.

[Photos by NHS/Getty Images]