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Thursday, July 23, 1998 Published at 09:05 GMT 10:05 UK


Seventh heaven for Spice Girls?

Viva Forever was recorded while Geri was in the fold

Pop sensations the Spice Girls are on track to score their seventh number one in the race up the singles charts this week.

Uncertainty surrounded the release of Viva Forever as, although the song was recorded while Geri was with the group, it is the first single to be released before the five became four.

Critics predicted their run of hits would dry up but sales figures show the record is well ahead of its Danish rival, Aqua's My Oh My, in the sales war.

The Spice Girls were thought to have sold more than 100,000 copies by Wednesday evening.

Seven out of eight

Success when the number one is announced on Sunday would make Viva Forever their seventh chart topper out of only eight singles.

Their last hit, Stop, is the only one to have failed to reach the top spot.

Gennaro Castaldo, the spokesman for the HMV retail chain, was confident that nothing would get in their way this time.

Far outselling their rivals

"It's outselling its closest competitors by about four to one. In fact Aqua won't threaten them at all - they may be as low as number four or five," Mr Castaldo said.

"It seems by the strong sales this week that the Spice Girls don't need Geri," he added.

A Spice Girls spokeswoman remained cautious saying: "It's fantastic news so far, but who knows what might happen between now and Sunday?"

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