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Tuesday, 9 October, 2001, 16:47 GMT 17:47 UK
Jackson battles Kylie for number one
Michael Jackson
Fans have had a long wait for the album
Michael Jackson's first single in four years is neck and neck with Kylie Minogue for the number one spot.

You Rock My World, released on Monday, is taken from Invincible, Jackson's first album in six years to feature original tracks.

Midweek chart figures suggest Jackson's comeback will see a tough fight as both he and Minogue's Can't Get You Out of My Head have sold around 20,000 copies.

Minogue's single has already topped the charts for three weeks.

Precise figures are not currently available but early indications show both records are selling well, but Minogue had a head start because Sunday sales are included.

Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue could be on for a fourth week at the top
Invincible has taken three years and a reported 20m ($28m) to make.

It was expected to be delivered in September but finishing touches and indecision about what to include on the album are said to have delayed the release date until 29 October.

HMV chart expert Gennaro Castaldo said: "It will be a very close-run race. If you look at the fact that Kylie's figures include Sunday as well then Michael Jackson is slightly ahead because he has sold the same amount but in less time.

"But Kylie is hoping her song will equal Atomic Kitten's Whole Again which was at the top for four weeks earlier this year."

Michael Jackson
Jackson has been performing for 30 years
Jackson has just marked his 30th anniversary in the music business with a gala concert reuniting the Jackson Five and featuring the likes of Britney Spears and 'N Sync.

The 43-year-old produced the world's biggest-selling album so far with Thriller in 1982, which has sold about 42 million copies.

Now the pressure is on for Jackson to recreate such impressive sales figures because of the length of time and amount of money spent on Invincible by his record company Sony.

It is thought Jackson produced up to 50 tracks for the album and ultimately had to reject more than 30 of them.

Michael Jackson
Reports say Jackson has recorded more than 50 tracks for the album
You Rock My World is not expected to even be released in America.

Jackson's last album was Blood on the Dancefloor in 1997, featuring remixes of tracks from the 1995 release HIStory, which featured new songs and greatest hits.

As well as promoting his own material, Jackson has gathered together famous names from the music world to make a charity record for the victims of the US atrocities of 11 September.

What More Can I Give features artists such as Destiny's Child, Britney Spears and Nick Carter of boyband the Backstreet Boys.

See also:

06 Oct 01 | Newsmakers
Kylie Minogue: Still so lucky
01 Oct 01 | Music
Round two for Kylie and Posh
30 Sep 01 | Music
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24 Aug 01 | Music
Chart battle for Posh and Kylie
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