Cheryl tipped to top the charts
X Factor judge Cheryl Cole is on track to hit number one this week, despite miming on her TV talent show, the latest figures show.
The singer is likely to score one of the highest first week sales of the year with new single Promise This, according to midweek positions.
At the weekend Cole performed the track but lip-synced, even though she had been criticised for doing so a year earlier.
Promise This would be her second number one solo single, following last year's debut release Fight For This Love.
The track is tipped to outsell the 125,000 first week sale of Katy Perry Ft Snoop Dogg's California Gurls in June of this year. But it has a lot of ground to make up to catch the largest one week sale of 2010, the Helping Haiti charity single which shifted an exceptional 450,000 copies.
X Factor has proved to be a huge promotional tool for artists hoping to push new releases.
Take That are expected to guest on the show next month ahead of the release of their new album Progress. It is thought the appearance will tie in with a screening of new documentary Take That: Look Back, Don't Stare, which is to be shown just ahead of the album's November 15 release.
Last year's X Factor winner looks likely to be denied the number one slot for his debut album Wide Awake, according to figures from the Official Charts Company.
Rock quartet Kings Of Leon are expected to retain their position of chart domination with the Come Around Sundown album.
Joe McElderry saw his first single from the album, Ambitions, enter the charts at number six then plummet to number 21.