RACE FOR THE PRIZE

Well, Eminem and the mighty Bob The Builder might have something to say about that...

GREEN DAY, AMEN, BOYZONE’s KEITH & SHANE, THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH and LIONEL RICHIE all release singles today (December 11), but the main battle for the top of the chart this coming Sunday (December 17) looks to be a face-off between ROBBIE WILLIAMS and current chart leaders EMIMEM and BOB THE BUILDER.

As the race for the Christmas Number One slot picks up, UK ‘Big Brother’ winner Craig Phillips releases the charity single ‘At This Time Of Year’. Elsewhere, the Beautiful South release their double A-side ‘The River/Just Checkin” and the Boyzone pairing of Keith ‘n’ Shane release their version of the Milli Vanilli hit ‘Girl You Know It’s True’.

However, a chart expert at HMV in London told NME.COM that the only serious contender from the new releases this week would be Robbie Williams with his single ‘Supreme’ – although even this may not enter the charts at Number One.

He said: “The chart will see more stability in the coming weeks, with Eminem and Bob The Builder hanging on to their positions. Robbie could do it, but it’s not out of the question that the Top Two may remain where they are with Robbie going in at Number Three.”

In the other single releases, Kylie Minogue, who duetted with Robbie Williams on the recent single ‘Kids’, releases ‘Please Stay’ through Parlophone. Green Day release ‘Warning’ via Reprise, and ancient crooner Lionel Richie releases ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ via Mercury. Finally, Amen, who are set to appear on the forthcoming NME Carling Premier Tour, release ‘The Price Of Reality’.

In the album charts, it seems nothing will stop the domination of the Beatles’ greatest hits compilation, ‘1’, which has remained at the top of the album chart since its release last month.