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The rapper's 'Lose Yourself' tops the midweek UK singles chart, while Robbie trails behind at Three...

EMINEM

is set to spoil ROBBIE WILLIAMS

comeback party by keeping him from the top of the charts this week.

Despite almost constant radio airplay rotation, huge advertising around a his album, a television special broadcast on prime-time Saturday night and massive media interest prompted by his record breaking deal with EMI, Robbie is being outsold by the rap superstar.

Eminem‘s ‘Lose Yourself’ – a former NME single Of the week – is at Number One in the midweek chart whileRobbie , with ‘Feel’, and The Cheeky Girls are fighting for third spot, several thousand sales behind. Daniel Bedingfield, currently the chart-topper, is Number Two in the midweeks. The race for top spot is between him andEMINEM.

While Robbie ‘s camp will no doubt brush off the final position, claiming he is an album artist while pointing to large sales of ‘Escapology’, the lack of a Number One with what many have dubbed Robbie ‘s best track since the 1997 smash ‘Angels’ will cause embarrassment and leave some wondering that if he can’t secure the Number One slot in Britain, what chance does he have in the US?