Two of pop's sexiest stars Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue are preparing to go head to head in a monster chart battle.

The two singers are both planning to release new albums in Britain on the same day, 17 November (03) - and experts are predicting a frenzy of activity as they both battle it out to top the UK charts.

The pair, who have huge and loyal fan bases in Britain, are also expected to unveil the first singles from the LPs on the same day - two weeks before on 3 November (03).

A music industry insider says, "This is going to be the biggest chart showdown for years.

"Both singers will be pulling out all the stops to get to number one. It is difficult to see who will win. It will come down to who has the biggest publicity drive."

05/09/2003 02:33