Will.i.am featuring Britney Spears' Scream & Shout could finally top the UK singles chart this Sunday after taking charge of the latest midweeks.
The Interscope/Polydor single has to date spent 4 weeks inside the top three, holding at No 2 on last week's chart, but has this week opened a 25% sales lead at the top, according to the Official Charts Company.
Its success relegates James Arthur's Impossible single to No 2, but the X Factor winner will be compensated this week with the track set to sell its one-millionth copy. Up to the end of business on Tuesday it was around 10,000 sales short of that target.
One track not registering presently in the midweeks is Where Are We Now?, the surprise comeback single from David Bowie and being released by Sony's Columbia label. This is because of an issue over its sales data between the Official Charts Company and iTunes, which is selling it exclusively (see separate story). It is hoped the matter will be resolved in time for the track to register in the full-week chart on Sunday.
Without Bowie there are no brand new entries among the Top 10 singles, although Columbia act Calvin Harris makes a 15-8 move in the week so far with Drinking From The Bottle. The track's sales are 38% up on the week as Harris faces another close battle with Emeli Sande to top the UK artist albums chart. Harris's 18 Months topped the chart last Sunday, but Sande's Virgin-issued Our Version Of Events now has the upper hand, although is fewer than 150 copies ahead at the moment.
Jake Bugg's self-titled Mercury album rises 4-3 with sales up 4% following his performance on Jonathan Ross's ITV1 show last Sunday. Def Jam/Mercury's Rihanna is up 7-4 with Unapologetic, despite weekly sales dropping 25%, while Ed Sheeran's Asylum/Alantic album + drops 3-5, The Lumineers' eponymous Decca album progresses 12-6 as Atlantic's Bruno Mars slips 5-7 with Unorthodox Jukebox and Island's US rock band Black Veil Brides crop up as a new entry at 8 with third album Wretched And Divine - The Story Of The Wild Ones.
With One Direction's Syco album Take Me Home dropping 8-10, Mercury's Taylor Swift is back among the Top 10 sellers with Red rising 16-9 as sales increase 7%. Its improvement comes as the cut I Knew You Were Trouble rises 5-3 on the midweek singles chart. Below it Rihanna continues to have two of the Top 10 biggest singles with her Def Jam/Mercury effort Stay featuring Mikky Ekko up 7-4 and Diamonds down 8-9.
Bruno Mars' Atlantic single Locked Out Of Heaven drops 4-5 as Pitbull's featuring Jr's London single Don't Stop The Party is up 12-6 with sales increasing 16%. Island's PSY falls 3-7 with Gangnam Style, while below Calvin Harris and Rihanna Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida's Epic single Troublemaker dips 6-10.
On the back of soundtracking a Beats By Dre TV ad, Polydor act Ellie Goulding's Anything Could Happen is enjoying something of a revival, up 38-18 on the latest midweeks with sales increasing 16%. It previously peaked at No 5 last year.
Directly below Goulding on the midweeks are two brand new arrivals: the New State-issued Not A Saint by Vato Gonzalex Vs Lethal Bizzle at 19 and Mercury act Bon Jovi's Because We Can at 20. The track is aken from the New Jersey band's forthcoming album What About Now.