Spice Girls and Led Zeppelin prepare to do battle
Both Led Zeppelin and the Spice Girls release greatest hits albums today, with music industry bosses hoping their return to the mainstream will boost Christmas sales.
The 70s rockers are offering a 24-track, two-CD collection, which includes classic hits Stairway to Heaven and Whole Lotta Love.
The Spice Girls meanwhile are releasing their Greatest Hits package, with two new tracks thrown in for good measure.
Both acts are preparing to make a comeback.
Led Zeppelin will perform a one-off charity concert in memory of the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, while the Spice Girls set off on a world tour next month.
A spokesman for HMV said: ‘The Spice Girls may be able to do a Take That if they succeed in tapping in to their original fan base, many of whom may now have kids of their own that might like the album.
‘It’s a given that the Led Zep album will appeal to their original fans. The key will be the extent to which it appeals to a whole new generation of fans, who will have picked up on the way Zep have influenced the bands they are into.’