One Direction tipped for success
One Direction are on course to score the fastest-selling album of the year with Midnight Memories as they hurtle to number one.
The five-piece are outselling Gary Barlow's first new solo album for 14 years by a factor of three to one, denying him a place at the top of the charts.
One Direction have already sold 145,000 copies of their third album in just two days, according to midweek sales figures from the Official Charts Company, assuring them of the number one. And they are only 20,000 behind Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, which is the current fastest mover of the year, with 165,000 sales in one week.
Midnight Memories has sold more than the rest of the albums in the top five combined so far this week.
They are also on course for success in the States, with US industry sources predicting that the fivesome will top the American charts by selling 500,000 copies of the record by December 1, reported Billboard.
Their chart success comes as the boyband announced the North American dates for their Where We Are tour from August 2014. "We simply can't wait to be back in North America touring and to see our fans. It's going to be absolutely huge!" said Niall Horan.
In the charts, Gary's Since I Saw You Last is expected to be number two, depriving him of the chance to emulate his erstwhile Take That bandmate Robbie Williams, who topped the album chart on Sunday with his latest release Swings Both Ways.
Robbie said last week that he was still desperate to outdo his pal and sell more copies of his releases than Gary. He is expected to drop to number three when the new chart is announced on Sunday.
Susan Boyle is in line to debut at number seven with her latest release Home For Christmas. Her first three albums went to number one, while her fourth peaked at number five so this could be her worst chart performance so far.