George Michael's comeback single is heading towards being one of his biggest flops of the past two decades.
True Faith looks likely to miss out on even a top 20 place, despite a media blitz of interviews and releasing the track for charity.
Chart figures show the song is set to enter the UK charts at 26 on Sunday if sales continue as they are.
Only one of Michael's singles has performed more poorly in the past 20 years, when the track Round Here limped to number 32. However, that was the fifth single from his hit Patience album.
However the singer (47), who has covered the New Order track for his new release and is giving the proceeds to Comic Relief, remained upbeat. He told fans: "U r doing me proud so far."
Meanwhile the star has split from his partner of 15 years. The singer had recently been maintaining a long-distance relationship with Texan businessman Kenny Goss (51).
The couple split after Michael's erratic behaviour, which includes two driving convictions. He was jailed for eight weeks last year.
A source revealed that the long distance between them had been taking its toll.