GATES STAYS AT THE TOP

'Unchained Melody' still can't be topped...

GARETH GATES is holding off stiff competition from X-PRESS 2 in this week’s chart battle.

The ‘Pop Idol’ runner-up is on course for a fourth week at the top of the UK single charts with his cover of ‘Unchained Melody’. However, X-Press 2 and David Byrne’s dance track ‘Lazy’ is set to be the highest new entry at Number Two, according to midweek sales figures published today.

A chart expert at the Virgin Megastore in London commented: “Gareth should hold on again this week, but X-Press 2 are giving him a run for his money.”

Other big releases this week are set to come from Faithless, whose Dido assisted track ‘One Step Too Far’ is currently at Number Four, and 1 Giant Leap’s ‘My Culture’, which features vocals from Robbie Williams , is at Number eight.

Other singles set to break the Top 30 this week include Ryan Adams, who are currently at Number 27 with their NME Single Of The Week ‘Highly Evolved’, and [a][/a], who is at 30 with ‘Answering Bell’.