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Britain's top two girl bands will be battling it out for ticket sales on Friday with the announcement of two Newcastle shows.

Britain's top two girl bands will be battling it out for ticket sales on Friday with the announcement of two Newcastle shows. Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr has the details.

In the red corner Sugababes. In the blue corner Girls Aloud. They are Britain's two biggest girl bands with a clutch of chart-topping singles between them.

Now they are set to battle it out in the gigging arena as well as the pop charts, with the revelation today that both acts are heading 2007 tours, with tickets on sale on Friday.

Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena features in both agendas, with Sugababes playing the venue on April 10 and Girls Aloud, featuring Geordie singer Cheryl Cole, on May 18.

Both tours come off the backs of the groups' greatest hits albums; Girls Aloud are currently at No 1 in the charts with theirs, while Sugababes' compilation is out next week.

"We did an amazing tour earlier this year," says Heidi Range, 23. "I remember Newcastle (City Hall) well. The fans were fantastic.

"This time it is a much bigger affair all round. It's too early to say what's planned, but I'm sure it will be extra special."

Their greatest hits album, Overloaded, looks set to be one of the biggest sellers this Christmas, featuring chart-toppers Freak Like Me, Round Round, Hole In The Head and Push The Button, plus new single Easy, which was released this week.

Not bad going for a group with two line-up changes. A few years back Heidi replaced original member Siobhan, while Mutya left earlier this year, to be replaced by Amelle.

"When Mutya was still in the band the greatest hits was always planned for this time anyway. But when she left it seemed even more appropriate," reflects Heidi.

"We don't think we're better than other people. I think we're just lucky that we have really supportive fans.

"I could relate to how, (band member), Keisha must have felt when Siobhan left and I joined. And I could relate to how Amelle must have been feeling. I could see it from both sides.

"So we are now entering a new chapter."

Girls Aloud have also scored a number of chart-toppers, including Jump and their debut single Sound of the Underground.

They played the Arena earlier this year and the success of their greatest hits CD, The Sound of Girls Aloud, will no doubt push tickets when they go on sale on Friday.

Girls Aloud play the Metro Radio Arena on May 18 next year, while Sugababes play the venue on April 10. Tickets for both shows are on sale from the usual outlets.

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