James Arthur is now nearing 400,000 sales of his debut single and is poised to beat the first-week tallies of most past X Factor winners.
Arthur, who was crowned 2012 X Factor champ last Sunday, had by the end of business on Thursday shifted 378,935 copies of his debut Syco release Impossible, according to the Official Charts Company. With two days of the chart week still to go he is very likely to surpass the first-week totals achieved by 2010 winner Matt Cardle (439,007 with When We Collide) and 2009 winner Joe McElderry (450,838 with The Climb), but will have his work cut out to beat the tallies of Shayne Ward (742,180), Leona Lewis (571,253) and Alexandra Burke (576,046).
In just a few days this week he had already surpassed the first-week showings achieved by 2007 victor Leon Jackson whose When You Believe opened with 275,747 units and last year's winners Little Mix whose Cannonball debuted at No 1 with 210,129 sales.
Arthur is more than 300,000 sales in front on the latest midweeks of the newly-issued Interscope/Polydor track Scream & Shout by will.i.am. featuring Britney Spears at 2. Bruno Mars' Atlantic single Locked Out Of Heaven drops 2-3, but he is on course to top the artist albums chart on Sunday with Unorthodox Jukebox, which was on Thursday just a few hundred sales short of surpassing 100,000 sales week one. Parlophone's Gabrielle Aplin slips 1-4 on the singles midweeks with The Power Of Love as Olly Murs' Epic single Troublemaker featuring Flo Rida falls 3-5 and Def Jam/Mercury's Rihanna arrives at 7 with Stay featuring Mikky Ekko.
There remains a very clsoe battle going on for second place for this coming Sunday's artist albums chart with Olly Murs' third Epic album Right Place Right Time edging it presently by only around 1,400 sales. Just below him, Reprise/Warner Bros's Michael Buble falls 2-3 with Christmas and a further 1,300 sales behind is Emeli Sande whose Virgin-issued Our Version Of Events climbs 7-4 with sales up 110% following her X Factor performance. Also on the same X Factor show, Syco's One Direction fall 3-5 with Take Me Home, but with sales up 14%.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.