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Wednesday, 20 February, 2002, 10:29 GMT
Westlife set to beat Kylie to top spot
Westlife are looking for their tenth number one
Westlife are looking for their tenth number one
Irish pop stars Westlife look set to win their battle with Kylie Minogue for this week's number one spot.

Their single World Of Our Own is selling almost twice as many as the Australian singer's new song In Your Eyes, latest sales figures show.

It will be Westlife's tenth UK number one single in just three years.

Minogue is hoping to repeat the massive success of Can't Get You Head Out Of My Head, which topped the charts for a month last year.

However In Your Eyes is only at number three at the moment, just behind Enrique Iglesias who has been on top of the charts for four weeks with Hero.

Brits

The boys from Westlife have only once missed out on the top spot, when they were beaten by cartoon character Bob the Builder at Christmas 2000.

Minogue will be hoping for a boost in sales as she bids for glory at the Brit Awards on Wednesday.

The former soap star is up for four trophies and is tipped to walk off with the best international female and album awards.

Westlife will also be hoping for more sales as they are favourite to land best pop act.

Kylie Minogue is up for four Brit awards
Kylie Minogue is up for four Brit awards
Chart expert Gennaro Castaldo, from HMV record stores, said that the Brits will have a significant impact on the sales of the winners.

He said: "Each year it seems to have a greater effect as the TV audience grows and coverage expands.

"The most significant growth is for the artists who haven't yet had mainstream success but are bubbling under and the Brits will give them that all important exposure, whether they are winners or steal the show.

"For Dido and Robbie Williams, if they win, there won't be such a marked rise in sales as they have already done well with their albums, but for emerging acts it will give them the leg up that they need."

The awards will be broadcast on ITV1 on Thursday night.

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