Lady Gaga's Applause is heading for a top five UK debut on Sunday after online leaks forced it to come out early.
The Interscope/Polydor single was commercially released at the beginning of this week, a week earlier than intended following a series of internet leaks, and is now showing as a new entry at No 5 on the midweeks, according to the Official Charts Company.
However, the track's sales in the week so far are less than one-third of those of Polydor act Ellie Goulding's Burn, which is set to debut at No 1 this weekend, giving Goulding a first singles chart-topper.
In a busy week for big new singles releases, Burn and Applause, a teaser from Gaga's forthcoming third studio abum Artpop, is joined in the midweek Top 10 by brand new entries from Domino's Arctic Monkeys and Global Talent/Island's The Wanted. Arctic Monkeys' Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High is at 6 and The Wanted's We Own The Night at 7, while above them Avicii's Positiva/PRMD-issued Wake Me Up holds at 2, RCA act Miley Cyrus's We Can't Stop falls 1-3 and the Polydor single Summertime Madness by Lana Del Rey Vs Cedric Gervais holds at 4.
Britain's Got Talent finalists Richard & Adam are likely to continue to lead the artist albums market with their Sony debut The Impossible Dream in what is a very quiet time in the market, while Rudimental's Asylum/Atlantic title Home races 7-2 with sales up 90% on the week. White Lies' third Fiction album Big TV is showing up as a new entry at 3, while Imagine Dragons' Interscope/Polydor-issued NIght Visions drops 3-4 and Nettwerk act Passenger's All The Little Lights is down 4-5.
Rod Stewart is facing a close battle with Calvin Harris to retain his Capitol/Decca album Time's Top 10 status. Time spent its first 13 weeks locked inside the Top 10 and now holds at 10 in the midweeks, but with a lead over Harris's Columbia album 18 Months at 11 of fewer than 200 sales.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.