SILVER LADIES?

Baby Spice says "it's not looking good" as reports indicate Westlife are outselling them three to one...

The SPICE GIRLS have almost conceded defeat in the race to be Number One in the album chart this Sunday (November 12), after EMMA BUNTON claimed “things aren’t looking good” for her group.

Speaking in today’s Daily Star newspaper (November 9), Bunton predicted that Westlife’s new album, ‘Coast To Coast’, will beat the new Spice Girls record ‘Forever’ to the top spot.

She said: “I think Westlife will win, but it doesn’t matter. We’ve had some feedback on the figures. It’s not looking good, but I really don’t mind if we don’t get to Number One.

“At the end of the day the lads really deserve it – especially with all the promotion they’ve been doing.”

Her views were backed by Victoria Beckham, who hopes the album “will grow and eventually be Number One”. She said: “If ‘Forever’ is not a Number One straight away I’m hoping it will grow and eventually be a Number One, because the more people that buy it, the more people are going to tell their friends how fantastic it is…I’m also hoping to get older people on board who maybe thought the Spice Girls were for teeny boppers. This is a very grown up, mature album.”

Almost all predictions are that Westlife will go to Number One on Sunday, with some estimates claiming the Irish Boy Band are outselling the Spice Girls at a ratio of 3:1. The Sun newspaper claim that ‘Forever’ has sold 31,500 copies in comparison to 93,103 for ‘Coast To Coast’.

Meanwhile the Girls have earned further column inches today after reports that Monday’s (November 6) central London launch party could leave the group with a £6,500 bill.

According to a report in today’s Sun newspaper, a table was smashed and carpets were stained in the penthouse suite of London’s Sanderson Hotel following the Spice Girls’ visit. A spokesperson for the band insists that “the girls did use the suite but weren’t aware of any damage”.