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Eminem and Ramz Go Toe-to-Toe for U.K. Singles Chart Crown

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Eminem performs at Samsung Galaxy stage during 2014 Lollapalooza Day One at Grant Park on Aug. 1, 2014 in Chicago.  

It’s a rap battle on the U.K.’s midweek singles chart as Eminem and Ramz go toe-to-toe for the title.

Eminem’s current chart leader "River" (Interscope), featuring Ed Sheeran, takes the lead on the Official Singles Chart Update though London rapper Ramz is close behind in second place with “Barking” (Polydor). According to the Official Charts Company, the coming days could see “one of the tightest chart races in recent memory” as Eminem leads on downloads and Ramz has the advantage on streaming.

The newly-anointed BBC Sound Of 2018 champ Sigrid is at No. 3 with “Strangers” (Island) following the Norwegian newcomer’s appearance last Friday on The Graham Norton Show. “Strangers” is outpacing “River” and “Barking” in downloads at the halfway stage.

There’s upward movement from Dua Lipa’s “IDGAF” (Warner Bros), rising 14-8, and Jax Jones’ “Breathe” (Polydor), featuring Ina Wroldsen, improving 12-9, while Drake is eyeing a top 20 entry for "God’s Plan" (Cash Money/Republic Records), one of his Scary Hours EP surprise release, which starts at No. 16. Portugal. The Man is also on track for the top 20 with “Feel It Still” (Atlantic), up 25-20.

Veteran Aussie pop singer Kylie Minogue could nab a 51st top 40 with her comeback track “Dancing” (BMG), which bows at No. 22 on the midweek chart.

On the Official Albums Chart Update, The Greatest Showman (Atlantic) continues to entertain in a big way as the motion picture soundtrack prepares to log a third week at No. 1. But the show’s far from over. Slightly more than 2,100 combined chart sales separate The Greatest Showman and the second-placed album, Fall Out Boy’s seventh studio set Mania (Def Jam), while Swedish folk act First Aid Kit is just 548 chart sales adrift with their fourth album Ruins (Columbia), new at No. 3.

The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Chart are published late Friday, local time.