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Muse to score first number one album?

Retail reports show that Muse's third studio album Absolution (East West) is heading for the number one spot this week, potentially knocking cock-rockers The Darkness' Permission To Land (Must Destroy/Warners) back down to number two where they will meet competition from Sting and his latest A&M offering Sacred Love. 

Gareth Gates' second album, Go Your Own Way (BMG) is showing no particular sign of selling well, as yet. However, Saturday's school kid buyers might change that. Chasing Gates for a position in the top ten are two greatest hits compilations from R Kelly (Jive) and Chemical Brothers (Virgin).

In the singles chart, Black Eyed Peas look strong enough to retain their hold on number one with Where Is The Love (Polydor), regardless of competition from, yes you've guessed, The Darkness with 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love'. Also fighting for a place in the top five this week is Evanescence with Going Under (Wind-Up/Epic). Dido and Rachel Stevens look set to remain in the top five.

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