CHART BATTLE GETS SPICY

Who's going to clinch top spot in the album charts? C'mon, they both really need the money...

MARILYN MANSON, THE OFFSPRING, A1 and BACKSTREET BOYS all release singles today (November 6), but are set to be overshadowed in their race for Number One by the battle in the album chart between the SPICE GIRLS and WESTLIFE.

In the singles chart, Marilyn Manson releases his new single, ‘Disposable Teens’ through Nothing/Interscope, the first from his forthcoming album ‘Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)’. A1 look to follow the success of their last Number One, a cover of A-Ha’s ‘Take On Me’, with their new single ‘Same Old Brand New You’, while the Backstreet Boys release the first single from their new album ‘Black and Blue’, ‘Shape Of My Heart’.

A spokesperson for HMV in London predicted that the battle was probably between A1 and Backstreet Boys for the Number One spot, but current Number One Westlife may hold on to the top spot with ‘My Love’. He said: “For the singles it is definitely a fight between A1 and the Backstreet Boys. Apart from that, nothing will really trouble the Top Ten. Westlife do have a chance of holding on to the top spot, but I would guess that most people will be out buying the new album, and not the single.”

The main battle this week is in the album chart, where Spice Girls go head to head with Westlife. The Spice Girls release their new album ‘Forever’ through Virgin, while Westlife release ‘Coast To Coast’ through RCA.

According to a report in today’s UK tabloid The Sun, promotion for each album has already cost each camp in the region of £1 million. Westlife are expected to make numerous photo calls and appearances throughout the week, while the Spice Girls will keep their personal appearances down to a minimum. They will present the Channel 4 television show ‘TFI Friday’ this coming Friday (November 10).

A spokesperson for HMV told NME.COM that he expected Westlife to just beat Spice Girls to the Number One spot. He said: “They’re doing so much promotional activity, they almost have a steamroller behind them, so they should just about do it.”

For the latest news on who is most likely to make it to number one in the forthcoming single and album charts this Sunday (November 12), visit NME.COM throughout the week.