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Gallagher set to claim album crown

Published 19/10/2011 | 16:12

Noel Gallagher looks set to beat Matt Cardle to the top spot
Noel Gallagher looks set to beat Matt Cardle to the top spot

Noel Gallagher has scored some one-upmanship over his brother Liam as he looks set to claim his first solo number one album.

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The former Oasis guitarist and songwriter is on course to top the album charts on Sunday with his debut release, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Liam's post-Oasis band Beady Eye peaked only at number three when they released Different Gear, Still Speeding last year.

Noel's album is outselling nearest chart rival Matt Cardle, last year's X Factor winner, by two to one so far this week, according to figures from the Official Charts Company.

The pair look set to nudge Steps - this week's number one act - down to number three with their Ultimate Collection on Sunday.

Matt has insisted he wishes his chart rival all the best in the race to the top spot.

He said: "Noel is quite a legend to be fair. I haven't heard the whole album - I've heard some tracks and they're great - but I wish him all the best."

The Wanted are expected to have the number one single with Lightning, their third chart-topper.

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