Both Girls Aloud and The X Factor finalists have triumphed in the UK charts, scoring the number one album and single respectively.

Out Of Control went straight into the album charts in pole position – giving Cheryl Cole and the girls their first number one album other than their 2006 greatest hits compilation.

In the singles charts, the X Factor finalists’ charity single Hero spent a second week on top, having sold 189,600 copies in the past seven days.

So far the track – proceeds from which are going to the Help For Heroes charity and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal – has sold over half a million copies.

Last week record company execs said it was on course to become the fastest selling charity single of the decade.

Former X Factor winner Leona Lewis also scored another chart hit this week, as her song Forgive Me entered the top 40 at number five.