Leona Lewis' debut album "Spirit" (Syco) has had a blistering start at retail, selling more than 130,000 copies on its first day on the racks yesterday.

The set has sold as many as the rest of the top 10 albums combined, according to preliminary sales figures from charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company.

The former "X-Factor" winner's album is on target to surpass 400,000 sales by the end of the week, making it the best debut effort in U.K. sales history, outstripping the 363,735 sales of Arctic Monkeys' "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" (Domino) in January 2006.

Oasis' "Be Here Now," holds the record for the fastest-selling album of all time in Britain. The album shifted 655,000 copies in its week of release in August 1997.

A spokesman for the U.K.'s leading music and entertainment retailer HMV describes Lewis' sales surge as "absolutely remarkable," especially given that the set is up against new releases from the Spice Girls, the Killers, Celine Dion and Led Zeppelin.

"Aside from breaking the Arctic's record for the fastest selling debut album, Leona is already looking a safe bet for the Christmas No. 1, and is very likely to bank more than a million sales before the end of the year," notes the HMV spokesman.

Lewis' second single "Bleeding Love" is the best-selling single of the year in Britain, shifting more than 489,000 copies up to last Saturday, according to the OCC, knocking Mika's "Grace Kelly" (Casablanca/Island) and Rihanna's "Umbrella" (Def Jam) into second and third places for 2007, respectively. "Bleeding Love" is still at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart after three weeks.

Read this week's Billboard Magazine for more on the British pop sensation.

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