X Factor’s Matt leads the race for Christmas No 1

X Factor winner Matt Cardle is way out in front in the race for the Christmas number one, according to early sales figures.

The singer sold 112,000 copies of his single When We Collide during its first day of sale.

Figures from the Official Charts Company show his nearest challenger is Rihanna, who has sold 41,000 copies of her single What’s My Name.

She also had an X Factor boost after performing the track in Sunday’s final on ITV1, dressed in little more than a floral bikini.

Matt’s track, a renamed cover of the Biffy Clyro song Many Of Horror, was released as a download within hours of the show finishing. It will not come out on CD until later in the week.

Although most singles sales are now through downloads – accounting for around 99 per cent of the singles chart – the Christmas X Factor single tends to buck the trend. Last year’s winner Joe McElderry saw more than half his sales on CD, so Matt can expect another surge when it is released on Wednesday.

Efforts to derail Matt from the number one look likely to fail. In 2009 anti-X Factor campaigners beat Joe to the festive top spot by championing Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name.

However the leading contender this year, The Trashmen’s Surfin’ Bird is on course to make only number three in the charts, after selling 25,000 copies.

And a stunt to get a silent track to number one – a cover of late composer John Cage’s sound-free composition 4’33” is currently only the 19th biggest seller so far this week.

But a campaign to get Biffy Clyro’s original song into the charts seems to be gathering pace. It is on course to make the top 10 after shifting 15,000 copies.