GUESS WHO’S BACK…

New opera-lite quartet Il Divo storm the album summit...

EMINEM has won the battle of the big-hitting US stars going straight to number one in the UK singles chart today (November 7) and sending DESTINY’S CHILD to Number Two.

The early online leak of his album does not appear to have done him any harm as ‘Just Lose It’ also sees off Britney Spears (Number Three with ‘My Prerogative’), Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott (Number Four with ‘Car Wash’) and Usher (Number Five with ‘Confessions Part II’).

On down a busy chart, Michael Gray (Number Seven with ‘The Weekend’) and Jamelia (Number Nine with ‘DJ’ are the other new entries on the Top Ten.

Veterans Wet Wet Wet make a return to the chart at 14 with ‘All I Want’ while Elton John heads in at 20 with ‘All I’m Allowed (I’m Thankful)’.

There are a rash of new entries outside the Top 20, starting at 21 with Jo Jingles and ‘Wind The Bobbin’ Up, Kaiser Chiefs at 22 with ‘I Predict A Riot’, Candee Jay at 23 with ‘Back for Me’, Tyler James at 25 (‘Why Do I Do’) and The Strokes at 27 with ‘The End Has No End’.

On the album chart, Simon Cowell’s grown-up opera-lite boyband IL Divo appear to have struck a chord with women of a certain age across Britain as their self-titled debut slays all-comers to take the top spot. Kings Of Leon chart strongly at Three with ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’, one place above the ‘Singles’ hits set from Travis. Tina Turner, The Bee Gees and Phil Collins also chart in the Top Ten, while the Manic Street Preachers don’t. Their new album ‘Lifeblood’ takes a bow at 13.