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Cheryl Cole returns to No 1 in singles chart

Cheryl Cole
Image caption Cheryl Cole's second solo album Messy Little Raindrops is out on Monday

Cheryl Cole's new single Promise This has leapt into pole position in the singles chart and become the biggest-selling first week non-charity single of the year.

Promise has sold 157,000 copies since its release at the start of week.

It followed Cole's debut performance of the track on the X Factor.

Promise This is Cole's second solo number one single. Her debut Fight For This Love had one of the biggest first week single sales of 2009.

The track sold more than 290,000 copies.

Cole's first solo album 3 Words achieved triple-platinum status, selling more than 900,000 copies.

Cole's second solo album Messy Little Raindrops is released on Monday. Fellow Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle releases her debut solo album next month.

Promise This knocked Bruno Mars's Just the Way You Are from the number one spot.

Also doing well in the singles chart is Rihanna, whose new single Only Girl (In The World) went straight in at number two, giving her a 14th UK top 10 hit. Her track also broke the non-charity single record, with 126,000 copies shifted.

McElderry debut

US rapper Nelly was the only other new entry in the singles top 10 as his track Just A Dream moved up from 11th to eighth place.

Meanwhile in the album chart, The Kings of Leon held on to the number one position for the second week with Come Around Sundown.

Last year's X Factor winner Joe McElderry did not enjoy the same success as his former mentor Cole. His debut album Wide Awake entered the album charts at number three.

Michael Buble took the second spot with Crazy Love, which moved up from last week's number seven.

Boy band The Wanted entered the album chart at number four with their self-titled album.

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