X Factor opera singers G4 are storming ahead of The Darkness in the mid-week charts for the albums number one slot.
However, all is not lost, as Eminem releases his greatest hits album â€˜Curtain Callâ€™ on Friday and may kick the ex-buskers into touch with just two days of sales.
HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo is confident Mr Mathers will claim the top spot and save any blushes. He said: â€œEminem is by far the biggest recording artist in the world, so itâ€™s a massive deal whenever he releases a new album.
â€œI fully expect â€˜Curtain Callâ€™ to sell more copies in just two days than any other album will manage in a week of trading, to give Eminem yet another number one.â€
He continued to The Star: â€œWe also expect him to go on and top the charts at Christmas.â€