The debut single of former One Direction singer Zayn has shot straight to the top of the British charts as the fastest-selling single of 2016 so far, while David Bowie continues to dominate the albums.

Zayn's Pillowtalk notched up combined sales of 112,000 with 4.97 million streams, according to the Official Charts Company on Friday.

Zayn Malik left One Direction in March after five years with the hugely successful boyband that was first discovered on ITV television talent show X Factor.

Pillowtalk held off competition from Jonas Blue's Fast Car in second spot while last week's number one Stitches by Shawn Mendes fell to third place.

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Bowie has dominated the British album charts since his death in January and claimed top spot for the fourth week as the Best of Bowie compilation - originally released in 2002 - replaced his final album Blackstar.

Bowie has become the first act to knock himself off the top of the Official Albums Chart in nearly six years, since Michael Jackson achieved the feat following his death in 2009.

Third place went to This is Acting, the seventh studio album by Australian singer-songwriter Sia.

Rihanna's long-awaited eighth studio album Anti came in at number seven.

- AAP