Alien Ant Farm's Jacko cover is a threat to the ladies, who are expected to go head to head for the Number One slot...


MINOGUE and VICTORIA BECKHAM are gearing up for one of the

biggest pop battles of the year, although chart experts are predicting that ALIEN

ANT FARM is a threat to scoop them both in the race to become this week’s

Number One single.

In one of the biggest weeks for single releases so far this

year, Kylie

releases her new single ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ in direct

competition with Spice Girl

Victoria Beckham, who releases ‘Not Such An Innocent


Other new releases today (September 17) include Alien

Ant Farm’s cover of the Michael

Jackson single ‘Smooth Criminal’, Travis’ ‘Side’, Starsailor’s

‘Alcoholic’ and Shaggy’s

‘Luv Me, Luv Me’.

A chart expert at HMV in

London told BBC news that it wasn’t a certainty which single

will go to Number One, with four singles being in contention for the top spot.

He said: “Everyone seems to think it’s a straight fight between Kylie

and Victoria for the Number One.

“But we shouldn’t discount


who’s a massive singles artist these days, while Alien

Ant Farm’s cover could prove a real dark horse.”

For the midweek chart

results, visit NME.COM again tomorrow (September 18), and then

on Sunday (September 23) for the final chart placings.