|XFactor Charity Song
The X Factor charity song Hero has burst into the charts at number one after becoming the fastest-selling charity single of the decade, record bosses said.
The song - which is raising money for servicemen and women injured in the line of duty - is tipped to become the biggest-selling release of all time.
The record sold 313,244 in its first week of release - outselling the entire top ten combined.
All net record company profits from the sale of the song will go to the Help The Heroes charity and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
The cover of the Mariah Carey hit is sung by the final 12 acts from this year's X Factor series.
HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said it could become the biggest-selling release of the decade. He said: "The public's response to this single is amazing. It has the potential to be the biggest release of the decade with an extended run at the top of charts, and if people keep buying it at this rate it could go on to become a million-seller."
On Wednesday, Chancellor Alistair Darling said VAT on the sale of the single will be waived and donated to the charity.
Even Prime Minister Gordon Brown was getting in on the act, promising to buy his wife Sarah a copy for her 45th birthday
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