BABY LOVE

The two are set for a fierce chart war - but Emma Bunton's all mellowed out about it...

Emma Bunton has played down the fierce chart war set to take place between Westlife and the Spice Girls on November 6, saying music is “never really a battle”.

This will come as a shock to Bunton‘s Spice Girl colleague Victoria Beckham, who undertook one of the most fiercely-fought head-to-heads in recent chart history when her collaboration with Truesteppers and Dane Bowers, ‘Out Of Your Mind’, was up against Spiller‘s ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’. But, as Bunton reasons with regards to the new Spice Girls album being released on the same day as Westlife‘s ‘Coast To Coast’: “I think we’re very different – but for me with music it’s never really a battle. There’s so much good music out there.”

Emma‘s thoughts came as part of a webchat on the Spice Girls‘ official site [url=]www.c3.vmg.co.uk/spicegirls last night, during which she also assured fans that “we’re going to be around as long as you want us to be” and filled the world in on plans for her debut solo album. “I’ve got some ideas about the title,” she says, “but I can’t give them away just yet! There will be 11 or 12 tracks on the album, because I’ve written so many that although I originally said there would only be ten, I had to include more!”

Adding that she album was due for release in March 2001, Bunton explained: “It’s wicked! A bit of R&B, but quite a lot of guitar – and quite folky. It’s even got some country on there.” Touring is also an option – and though Emma isn’t planning any solo live excursions she adds, mysteriously, “I’m sure I will be”.

Other revelations on the webchat include the facts that Emma‘s hair is difficult to manage because “It’s so thin”, and that Emma believes she would like to see Britney and Christina “try something a bit different”. There’s also disappointment for anyone hoping for another Spice Girls Christmas Number One this year: there will be no single released for the Christmas market. “We’d all like a Christmas holiday,” Bunton explained. Their last Christmas Number One was ‘Goodbye’ in 1998, which topped a festive hat-trick started by ‘2 Become 1’ in 1996 and ‘Too Much’ in 1997.