And William Hill close the book on 'Swing When You're Winning' being the Christmas Number One album...

Previously unknown Leeds R&B artist DANIEL BEDINGFIELD is set to knock S Club 7 off top spot this week, according to today’s midweek charts.

However, a spokesman for HMV told NME.COM that though Bedingfield has started very strongly, he may lack the mainstream appeal to keep S Club 7 from having a two-week run at the top.

PPK are currently at Number Three with their dance track ‘Resurrection’, while Hear’say‘s promotional overdrive seems to have stalled, leaving their new effort, ‘Everybody’, at fourth. Kate Winslet’s early attack on the Christmas chart, ‘What If’, is currently at Number Seven, a place ahead of Geri Halliwell‘s new entry, ‘Calling’ – her lowest midweek for a solo single to date. Meanwhile, Basement Jaxx are set to scrape into the Top Ten at ten with ‘Where’s Your Head At’, although HMV’s spokesman says that the Top Ten is currently “very fluid”.

Outside the Top Ten, Oxide & Neutrino appear unaffected by the bad press So Solid Crew have received, and are currently at 12 with ‘Rap Dis’. Belle & Sebastian are down at 29 with their new release, ‘I’m Waking Up To Us’.

In the album chart, Robbie Williams is holding on to the Number One position in the mid-weeks, with ‘Swing When You’re Winning’ beating current rivals Blue, who look set to be the week’s highest new entries with their debut ‘All Rise’. After selling 300,000 copies last week, and with healthy sales this week, bookmakers William Hill have suspended bets on ‘Swing When You’re Winning’ being the Christmas Number One album. S Club 7 are on course to enter the chart at Number 3 with ‘Sunshine’ and So Solid Crew remain in the midweek Top Ten with ‘They Don’t Know’, after debuting at Number 6 last week.

Robbie is also favourite for the Christmas Number One single. His duet with Nicole Kidman, ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, is at odds of 4/11. The Christmas chart will be announced on Friday, December 23. An HMV spokesman said that although it was likely that Robbie would have a double Number One this Christmas, it would be naïve to rule out a greatest hits package stealing the album Number One spot. “Mainstream TV advertising will kick in,” the spokesman said. “Don’t rule out Madonna or Gabrielle having a late sales boost as people do their Christmas shopping. Robbie will be the biggest selling act this Christmas, but he’s not guaranteed the Christmas Number One album.”