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  1. 31ST AUGUST

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    Few saw this coming! A rap collective made up of 10 rappers all aged 16 who picked up their GCSE results this week along with a No 1 single! Marketed as a poppier version of So Solid Crew, Blazin’ Squad are the newest boys on the pop landscape and start their chart career with a cover of the UK #8 and US #1 1996 track “Crossroads” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony which saw 52,599 copies selling last week to beat all comers. The song’s verses have been substantively re-written for the release so in reality only the chorus remains.

    Nonetheless that’s the lowest sale required to make No 1 for 18 weeks and the boys were, to some extent fortunate to make the top, it isn’t quite their first appearance on the charts with a 12” only release of “Standard Flow” hitting No 78 a few weeks ago



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    Truth Hurts is the name adopted by Shari Watson who is Dr Dre’s newest protégé, she’s managed to get Rakim in on her first single “Addictive” and score a top 10 to boot as it debuts at No 3 (38,000). The song samples the latter’s 1987 hit “Paid In Full” along with BT Express’s “Do It” and Lata Mangeshkar’s "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai" and that final sample is causing some controversy and it appears not to have been cleared pre-release, a fact which is now the subject to legal proceedings.



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    After the split comes the solo career, it’s an established pattern and one which Abs from Five is now following. His first solo release “What You Got” samples Althia and Donna’s “Uptown Top Ranking” (#1, 1978) to give us that summer vibe and launch his career with a No 4 hit with sales of 30,000.



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    Paul Oakenfold is already one of the most respected remixers and producers in the industry after breaking through on his work with the Happy Mondays in the late 80s and his work on his own Perfecto label generating top 10 singles as Perfecto Allstarz, Grace, Element4, Planet Perfecto and now simply as Oakenfold. “Starry Eyed Surprise” features a sample from Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin” and gives us vocals from Shifty Shellshock (lead singer from Crazy Town) all of which hits at No 6 (24,000).



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    Italian dance next with Milky who have more than a whiff of Black Box about them, not just because they are producing dance music from Italy but because the lady in the promo and on the cover isn’t the singer. A few samples including Wings “Listen To What The Man Said” accompany the track “Just The Way You Are” which has been helped to No 8 (19,000) by being used by Channel 4 for the “Big Brother” final show which saw Kate Lawler crowned.



    The Sugababes fall 1-2 (46,000) and in doing so creates a nice piece of numeric harmony with the last 4 chart toppers spending 4 weeks, 3 weeks, 2 weeks and 1 week there respectively- the only other time that happened was way back in 1961!

    Darius cools 2-5 (26,000), Mad’house slip 5-7 (21,000), Romeo is done 3-9 (17,000) and Daniel Bedingfield relaxes 4-10 (14,000).

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  2. 7TH SEPTEMBER

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    It’s not quite a comeback but certainly a reversal in chart fortunes for Atomic Kitten who scored back to back No 1 singles last year but saw their next single “It’s OK” miss the top of the charts and make No 3 this summer. No fear over their new single “The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)” which delivers them a third No 1 this week after selling 144,500 copies which is more than either of their other chart toppers achieved in any week, it is, in part, a cover of the Paragons 1967 track better known as a chart topper for Blondie in 1980, and is here segued into a new track “Get The Feeling” and serves as a precursor to the girls second album “Feels So Good” in shops in a fortnight. Interestingly whilst a few tracks on the album are written by OMD’s Andy McCluskey and Stuart Kershaw, the girls have severed their relationship with the pair who turned their fortunes around.



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    Following up the success of “It Takes More” Ms Dynamite returns with another top 10 hit in “Dy-Na-Mi-Tee” which is now her biggest single as it arrives at No 5 (21,000). It has improved the performance of the album which has improved from No 63 to No 20 over the past month in response.



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    Written by Chad Kroeger about his relationship with his absent father, “Too Bad” is the second single from the album “Silver Side Up” which is back in the top 15. The song slams in at No 9 (14,000) and will have to have some longevity to outsell the mammoth “How You Remind Me” which sold over 400,000 copies this year.



    Blazin’ Squad relinquish the top spot 1-2 (32,000) and The Sugababes have a great week with a top 3 single (27,000) and the No 2 album in the country. Truth Hurts slip 3-4 (25,000) and former chart topper “Colourblind” drifts 5-6 (19,000), Abs descends 4-7 (17,000), Mad’house fall 7-8 (15,000) and Oakenfold sets 6-10 (13,000).

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  3. 14TH SEPTEMBER

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    Three No 1 singles to their credit and all of them multi-week ones as well! Yes Atomic Kitten take a sales hit of more than 50% week on week yet “The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)” retains top billing for a second week selling a further 67,000 into the bargain. Their album is released this week and could affect its ability to accumulate any more weeks at the top!



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    Outside of the No 1 though sales are poor and overall 2002 has seen a marked decrease in singles sales (Currently running at around 11%) and that’s evidenced by the No 2 single this week selling a miserly 25,000. The track is “Fantasy” and was turned down by the All Saints before former members Nicole and Natalie Appleton decided it was good enough for their first single as a duo until the name Appleton. The girls have been busy with an autobiography out next month and then an album early next year.



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    Kelly Llorena is back with N-Trance on current single “Forever” which becomes the outfits 4th top 10 hit at No 6 (13,500). The track first appeared on their greatest hits album released last year but gets a single remix here to generate it into a hit.



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    Heralding his 6th solo album in a fortnight, Paul Weller’s “It’s Written In The Stars” announces its arrival at No 7 (12,800) this week. Surprisingly this is only his 4th solo top 10 single.



    The Sugababes complete the first UK all girl group top 3 as they hold top 3 positions on both albums and singles chart selling 18,000 singles wise, and Blazin Squad collapse 2-4 (16,000). Truth Hurts continue a slow sink 4-5 (14,000) whilst Darius moves 6-8 (12,600), and two other fallers Abs (7-9, 12,500) and Ms Dynamite (5-10, 12,200) round us off.

    Next week the much anticipated new Liberty X single should make waves!

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  4. 21ST SEPTEMBER

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    In turned into quite the chart tussle this week between the new Liberty X single and the current chart topper from Atomic Kitten with the difference between the two tracks only three figures at points in the week and both leading the way. There can be only one winner however and as it turned out by 1,300 copies Atomic Kitten retain No 1 for a third week albeit on a sale of only 46,000 copies, not to worry that pushes its overall sales to over 250,000 and they grab the double with “Feels So Good” entering at No 1 on the album charts- a truly great week for the girls and they become only the second girl group to achieve the double after the Spice Girls.



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    So Liberty X don’t quite do it and a second straight No 1 single eludes them, their cover of the 1990 #4 Mantronix hit “Got To Have Your Love” at least beats the peak of the original and comes in at No 2 (44,700)- well down on the opening tally of “Just A Little” but the album has been out in the interim and returns to the top 20 this week.



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    Madonna covers seem to be the in thing this year with Mad’house’s recent No 3 version of “Like A Prayer” and now we get Kelly Osbourne’s cover of “Papa Don’t Preach” . Kelly is of course the daughter of Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne and one of the stars of the recent “The Osbourne’s” documentary which has made a star of the Osbourne children including Kelly and helped the single chart on import last week in the top 70 but now becomes an official new entry at No 3 (23,000) meaning all the top 3 are covers.



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    More covers now and this time Scooter are trying to replicate the success of “Logical Song” which took them to No 2 over the summer. “Nessaja” appeared originally in 1983 by Peter Maffay and Rolf Zuckowski as a gentle piano led ballad, needless to say Scooter have made their version very much their own and thrown in some KLF chanting circa “Last Train To Transcentral” and a spot of “Baker Street” to debut at No 4 (22,000).



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    Meanwhile we get our first original whole track at No 5 (20,000) which ironically comes from Ronan Keating. He’s returned to Greg Alexander and Greg Knowles who wrote “Lovin Each Day” for him and now provide his new hit “I Love It When We Do” and this is now his 6th top 10 solo single from 6 releases.



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    Talking about the Number 6 we have a new entry at this week’s No 6 and that comes from Sarah Whatmore who is the 6th act to chart from the “Pop Idol” show, the 21 yr old missed making the final 10 but clearly made a big impression on Simon Cowell who signed her up. First single “When I Lost You” is the result and got 18,000 buyers last week to start her career off to a pleasing start!

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    Milk Inc also sneak into the top 10 at the lowest rung with “Walk On Water” which like their previous top 10 entry “In My Eyes” dates from some years back (2000 in this case) when it topped charts in Spain and Belgium and finally gets its time in the UK charts after convincing 13,800 buyers last week.

    With the wealth of new entries in the top 10 there isn’t much else to cover, Sugababes tumble 3-7 (17,000), Appleton reverse 2-8 (15,000) and Truth Hurts slide 5-9 (14,000).

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  5. Losing out at No 6- Sarah Whatmore
     

  6. Walking into the Top 10- Milk Inc
     
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  7. 2014

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    When I Lost You is great.
     
  8. Interesting that two tracks linked to Kylie Minogue released this week, one the title track from an album ("Feels So Good") co-written by her and the other for whom the Sarah Whatmore single was originally written for.
     
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  9. 3Xs

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    Kelly Osbourne's solo career... dire times.
     
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  10. 28TH SEPTEMBER

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    The all-time record for new entries in the top 10 remains at 7, a tally which is equaled this week and that includes the top spot but not the midweek leader!

    Not many saw this coming but today Pink celebrates her second No 1 though a first in terms of solo credit. “Just Like A Pill” is a third hit from her “M!ssundaztood” which is No 4 this week equalling its best ever placement, the track thematically deals with drug abuse and bad relationships and is to some extent autobiographical. It’s opening salvo of 49,000 is enough to make the land’s biggest song but on that kind of opening you have to fancy it won’t prove any competition for Will Young & Gareth Gates this week but this is her 7th release and they’ve all made the top 10!



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    Have you met Busted? Well that’s the question that Smash Hits magazine asked a few weeks ago when they put the new trio on their front page and created a bit of history as no act had previously been on its cover without having released a single. The photogenic boys have generated a lot of good will in the industry who are looking for the next big thing AND are a “real band” and play instruments, it appears to introduce a British version of US college rock like Blink 182, Green Day, and Sum 41 but with a pop twist. The first product is “What I Go To School For” which is apparently based partly on a real story of one of the band having a crush on one of his teachers, a theme which I’m sure their teenage girl audience will identify with, at any rate it moved 34,000 buyers last week, the boys will be working on their album for the rest of the year.



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    Eminem reminiscing how great his relationship was with his mother doesn’t sound like a great record, good job he doesn’t give us anything like that! Yes the rather troubled maternal relationship gets a full airing on his song “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” and gives him an 8th top 10 single as it arrives at No 4 (31,000), his guest spot on “”Scary Movies” by Bad Meets Evil last year was his only “Failure” when it peaked at no 63. The parent album returns to the top 10 at No 8 to celebrate a good week for the rapper.



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    So what about that midweek No 1? Well it ends up entering at No 5 (29,900) for Bon Jovi! The group have never had a UK No 1 single and their loyal fanbase made sure that for a brief few days it was ahead of the field but it drifted away badly as the week progressed being overtaken by three tracks on Saturday trading alone. This is the group’s 15th top 10 single and serves as an introduction to their 8th studio album “Bounce” out next week however for those of you who use Amazon you can listen to the whole of the album now once you purchase it as you can “stream” it- we’ll see if that catches on!



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    Aqualung is the pseudonym of Matthew Hales who you may not know but you’ll certainly have heard his song “Strange And Beautiful (I Put A Spell On You)” which has been used on the current advert for Volkswagen Beetle and attracted 21,000 buyers to enter at No 7.



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    It’s been four years since Beenie Man was last in the top 10 officially (though he was uncredited on Jamelia’s “Money” in 2000) and for his new album he’s managed to rope Janet Jackson in on it (they’re label mates which perhaps explains it). “Feel It Boy” heralds a new Beenie Man album and crashed straight in at No 9 (17,000) and is produced by those Neptunes who are also having a great 2002. It’s Jackson’s 16th top 10 single.

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    A slight return to form next for Oxide & Neutrino who scored a hat-trick of top 10 singles back in 2000/01 before missing the top flight with their last two singles. “Dem Girlz (I Don’t Know Why)” features rapper Kowdean and a sample of Kraftwerk’s “The Man Machine” to slip in at No 10 (15,000).

    The three survivors from last week’s top 10 are Atomic Kitten who bounce 1-2 (38,000), Liberty X dive 2-6 (24,000) and Scooter remain 4-8 (18,000)- so next week we’ll see what you get when you add Will Young to Gareth Gates- the stats suggest a massive opening tally and they’ll need it against a new Oasis single!

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  11. Feelin it- Beenie Man and Janet at No 9
     
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  12. Back with the Girlz- Oxide & Neutrino at No 10
     
  13. I genuinely don't think RCA expected "Just Like a Pill" to make #1 - the previous two singles haven't, the album's been out for about eight months and the single formatting (one CD) sort of implies they planned to get a reasonably comfortable, but lower top ten placing and then shift everyone over to buying the album instead. I don't recall much in the way of TV promo either, but video channels and radio have been hammering it.
     
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  14. Yes it was rather unexpected, more to do with the lack of the competition this week. In the same week a year earlier that sale would only have been enough for No 5.
     
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  15. 5TH OCTOBER

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    They’ve sold a combined 4 million singles in 2002 so it’s no surprise that Will Young & Gareth Gates debut together at No 1 today but what might raise an eyebrow is that they “only” sold 132,401 copies to do it. That continues the downward trend for each artists to open with a lower sale than their previous hit and may possibly lose their so far unblemished track record of 3 chart toppers from 3 releases for each man. Young’s first album is a fortnight away and the industry will be interested to see how it performs given it is released so far from the series that made his fame, Gates’s album you’ll have to wait a few months for as he goes for the Christmas market- which tells you all you need to know about which act the label sees as the longer cash cow.


    Speaking of sales for the pair let’s recap on the YTD as we enter the final quarter:
    1- ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE/ EVERGREEN- Will Young 1,783,0000
    2- UNCHAINED MELODY- Gareth Gates 1,315,000
    3- HERO- Enrique Iglesias 689,000
    4- A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION (REMIX)- Elvis Vs JXL 633,000
    5- ANYONE OF US (STUPID MISTAKE)- Gareth Gates 561,000
    6- WHENEVER WHEREVER- Shakira 554,000
    7- JUST A LITTLE- Liberty X 487,000
    8- WITHOUT ME- Eminem 486,000
    9- IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES- Ronan Keating 460,000
    10- HOW YOU REMIND ME- Nickelback 420,000

    The double A-Side comprises covers of the 1970 Beatles track “The Long & Winding Road” and Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” which made No 2 in 1969. For Elvis it’s a great week with one of his tracks at No 1 in the singles chart and also in the albums with “Elv1s- 30 #1 Hits” debuting there.

    In terms of Lennon/ McCartney tracks, this is the first to make No 1 since Wet Wet Wet in 1988, in total some 25 tracks written by the duo have now hit the top of the UK charts, 17 by the Beatles (“From Me To You” 1963, “She Loves You” 1963, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” 1963, “Can’t Buy Me Love” 1964, “A Hard Day’s Night” 1964, “I Feel Fine” 1964, “Ticket To Ride” 1965, Help! 1965, Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out” 1965, “Paperback Writer” 1966, “Yellow Submarine/ Eleanor Rigby” 1966, “All You Need Is Love” 1967, “Hello Goodbye” 1967,”Lady Madonna” 1968, “Hey Jude” 1968, “Get Back” 1969, “The Ballad Of John & Yoko” 1969) and others by Billy J Kramer With The Dakotas (“Bad To Me” 1963), Peter & Gordon (“World Without Love”, 1964), The Overlanders (“Michelle”, 1966), Marmalade (“Ob-La-Di, Ob La Da”, 1968), Joe Cocker & Wet Wet Wet (“With A Little Help From My Friends” 1968, and 1988 respectively), Ferry Aid (“Let It Be” 1987), Billy Bragg & Cara Tivey “She’s Leaving Home” 1988) and now “The Long & Winding Road” which did reach the top in the US back in 1970.




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    For just the third time in chart history the top 2 are both official double A-sides (the others were Elton John & George Michael in 1997 and Westlife and S Club 7 in 2000), playing runner up this time are Oasis. They now have an impressive 16th straight top 10 hit in a run dating way back to 1994 and the song is question is “Little By Little/ She Is Love”, the former features a lead vocal by Noel Gallagher and a promo starring Robert Carlyle, and the latter was inspired by Noel’s current girlfriend, together the song inspired 60,500 buyers to send it to No 2, the fifth track by them to stall at the position.



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    With a record deal at just 16 Avril Lavigne is the newest next big thing about to happen. Hailing from Canada the songwriter has been compared to Alanis Morissettte and Sheryl Crow and now at 18 her first single “Complicated” has already made No 2 in the US creating demand here which saw imports of the single reach No 64 last week, with a full release it enters at No 3 (54,000) and was outselling Oasis by the end of the week. The album has been out a month and climbing every week finally catching on at retail 23-8 this week.



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    Given we are in the run in to Christmas (in terms of returning artists with new albums) we have Eve the US rapper whose third album “Eve-olution” has so far failed to impress peaking at No 65 last month then disappearing pronto. It has at least a hit single to help it now as “Gangsta Lovin” is new at No 6 (23,000), it features Alicia Keys and lifts some lyrics from the 1980 #7 hit “Don’t Stop The Music” by Yarbrough And People, it’s a fourth top 10 single for Eve and a second for Keys.



    Elsewhere last week’s No 1 from Pink tumbles 1-4 (34,000) just keeping above Atomic Kitten who themselves slide 2-5 (26,000) but better news for Pink as her album gets a new peak at No 3, Busted retract 3-7 (22,000) and Eminem falters 4-8 (17,000). Aqualung remain estranged falling 7-9 (16,000) and Scooter prove to have a durable hit again spending a third week in the top flight 8-10 (13,000).

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  16. 12TH OCTOBER

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    After a brief scare when it looked like it might be seriously challenged, Will Young & Gareth Gates romped home to an easy win, the double headed “Long & Winding Road/ Suspicious Minds” sold just 65,000 copies to retain its crown. The track will be on the Will Young album which is out this week and could detract sales but the truth is that the song is already looking very vulnerable.



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    That challenge came from the new Holly Valance single “Down Boy” which was written by Rob Davis (“Toca’s Miracle”, “Groovejet” and “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”) and produced by Nelle Hooper (Soul II Soul, Bjork, Madonna, and Massive Attack)- clearly all the right people were involved! Her debut album comes out in a fortnight and will be helped by this making No 2 (39,000) though it is a fraction of sales enjoyed by “Kiss Kiss” when it made No 1 back in May.



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    Irv Gotti, if you don’t know, is the producer and co-founder of Murder Inc records, and since 1998 the label has produced hits by Ja Rule, Ashanti and Fat Joe among others and to showcase his work he’s put together “Irv Gotti Presents: The Inc” and from that project we get “Down 4 U” which features the aforementioned Ja Rule and Ashanti along with Charli Baltimore and Vita. The track debuts at No 4 (29,000) making it the third No 4 for Ashanti this year, not bad for an act who had never charted before 2002, and after a No 6 hit then a No 5 Ja Rule continues to advance his career a place at a time!



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    Joey Negro (or Dave Lee to give him his proper name) is back under the moniker Jakatta with the track “My Vision” which features a rejuvenated Seal. He was last in the top 10 seven years ago with “Kiss From A Rose” and assists in a third top 10 single for Jakatta as it flies in at No 6 (22,000) and will be followed by the album “Visions” in a fortnight.



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    Now onto a cult musical figure, John Otway performed in the 70s as a duo with Wild Willy Barrett who managed to get Pete Townsend interested in them securing a record deal and a No 27 hit in 1977 with “Really Free”, a minor hit followed in 1980 but nothing else. Nevertheless Otway continued to perform solo through the 80s and 90s building a small but cult following for Otway’s outrageous live performances, so much of a following that his fan club clubbed together and thought about what they could give him as a present for his 50th birthday and decided that another hit would be the perfect gift! The song that was chosen by the fans was “Bunsen Burner” which is based around The Trammps 1976 classic “Disco Inferno” and certainly seems to have been well supported as it storms in at No 9 (17,500)- the real test will be where it lands next week?!



    Avril Lavigne holds at No 3 (32,000) with sales slashed, Pink cools 4-5 (26,000), Oasis dive 2-7 (20,000) and Atomic Kitten slip 5-8 (19,000) but “The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)” has now sold 340,000 easily placing it in the top 20 on the YTD. Busted complete the top 10 as they sink 7-10 (16,000).

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  17. 19TH OCTOBER

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    A major hit in most European countries, there was an air of inevitability about this week’s chart topper especially given that the track in question was already charting on imports for the last 5 weeks even making the top 50 and selling over 10,000 in the process.

    That record was “The Ketchup Song (Asereje)” which sits at No 1 at present in Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Sweden, and now adds the UK to the list. The group are Las Ketchup, three sisters from Spain who are the daughters of famous flamenco guitarist Tomate (hence the name) and they are the 11th all female group to make the top but only the second to consist entirely of sisters and the 4th Spanish act to make it. The song itself bears some resemblance in the chorus to “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang with the chorus essentially Spanish jibberish as an attempt to imitate the words of the Sugarhill gang, it swept all before it and sold a mighty 105,781 copies. Who said the summer holidays were over! It even has its own dance move which has of course resulted in comparisons to the Macarena……



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    S Club Juniors certainly know how to pick their release weeks- They’re previous two tracks “One Step Closer” and “Automatic High” both made No 2 behind The Sugababes and Gareth Gates respectively, and now a third release “New Direction” shoots in at No 2 on a sale of 38,000. They are the second act in chart history to start their career with a hat-trick of singles to peak at the position after Sash! in 1997, if they replicate it with their debut album in a fortnight then we’ll know for sure if they are a chart force to be reckoned with, but each of their songs have opened with sales less than the previous one. A remix of the track incorporating Space’s 1977 track “Magic Fly” is also being promoted, that track also peaked at No 2…maybe a bad choice of sample?



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    It seems that we’ve missed the Foo Fighters, the gang return with a new album “One By One” in a fortnight and to preview it the single “All My Life” equals their highest placing on the chart achieved by their debut single “This Is A Call” 7 years ago when it made No 5. 24,000 people bought it last week, some 12,000 less than “Call” opened with.



    Will Young’s album opens at No 1 just in time to see his duet with Gareth Gates fall 1-3 (36,000), Avril Lavigne falls 3-4 (27,000) as she gets a new peak of No 7 on the album charts, and former chart topping Pink slides 5-6 (20,000). Two acts gearing up for album releases this week are Holly Valance who sees her new single bomb 2-7 (18,000) and Jakatta Featuring Seal who relent 6-8 (16,000). Irv Gotti does indeed go down 4-9 (15,000) and Oasis move little by little 7-10 (15,000).

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  18. 26TH OCTOBER

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    Rapper Nelly has had a great year rapping on N*Sync’s “Girlfriend” (#2) then scoring his own summer smash with “Hot In Herre” (#4) which was also a US chart topper for 7 weeks before he knocked himself off the top there with “Dilemma” which is now in its 9th week at the top. In the UK it finally gets its release and instantly hits the top after selling a very impressive 207,906 in 6 days, that’s 25% of the market last week, it’s the rapper’s first UK number one and also a first solo chart debut for Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland who guests on the track and becomes the first member of the band to have a solo No 1 although Beyonce was the first girl to have a solo top 10 hit earlier this year.

    The song itself samples Patti Labelle’s 1983 track “Love Need & Want You” and tells the story of two people who want to start a relationship despite both already being in relationships. Parent album “Nellyville” has been hanging around the top 10 for the last month which is impressive for a rap album.



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    6 piece group Big Brovaz score the second highest new entry of the week at No 3 (60,000) with “Nu Flow”. They are being marketed as a more commercial version of So Solid Crew and they have certainly delivered with a hit single- album to follow next month.



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    Samantha Mumba’s first album generated 5 top 10 hits for the singer and she’s busy getting a second ready but in the meantime we get what will be the first single and that’s “I’m Right Here”, a song which is co-written by Kandi (of “Don’t Think I’m Not” fame), and becomes the singers 6th top ten track as it enters at No 5 (24,000). The promo features Damian Marley (Bob’s son) and Mr Jennifer Lopez (Chris Judd), it’s a medium that Mumba will be familiar now having starred in her first movie (“The Time Machine”).



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    It’s been 11 years since the Manic Street Preachers scored their first hit and in all that time they haven’t had a greatest hits album!! Until now obviously. “Forever Delayed” is scheduled for release in a fortnight and lead single “There By The Grace Of God” becomes the band’s 11th top 10 single (appropriately) as it cruises in at No 6 (19,000)- that makes it their biggest hit since “Masses” made No 1 back in 2000.



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    Where’s LL Cool J been? He was last spotted in the charts four years ago, a period that saw him score his last top 10 single with “Father” but his career stretches all the way back to the 80s when “I Need Love” became a top 10 single in a period when rap hits were notable for their rarity. New single “Luv U Better” is rewarded with a No 7 placing on a sale of 17,000 showing that we appear to have missed him, it’s produced by the Neptunes and previews his new album “X” which is imminent.



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    He’s probably had more column inches written about him that singles sales so far but Badly Drawn Boy can finally claim a top 10 single. His first album “Hour Of The Bewilderbeast” won the Mercury Prize in 2000 and produced a string of top 40 singles, it lead to his participation in the soundtrack for the film “About A Boy” earlier this year and his breakthrough top 20 single “Silent Sigh”. Ready with that second album out in a few weeks he gets his biggest hit yet “You Were Right” at No 9 (15,800) which name checks Madonna, Lennon, Kurt Cobain, and Frank Sinatra among others but you’ll have to quick to get your copy- the single was deleted on the day it was released which should aid its speedy descent down the chart.

    Las Ketchup get squashed 1-2 (75,000), Avril Lavigne celebrates her month in the top 4 by remaining static at No 4 (25,000), S Club Juniors dive 2-8 (16,500) and Will & Gareth wind 3-10 (15,200) though Young remains No 1 on the album chart.

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  19. Not turning down the top 10- Badly Drawn Boy at No 9
     
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    No competition this week as Nelly and Kelly saunter to an easy second week at the top of the charts, it lost 38% week on week but that means another 129,000 copies found homes last week. Parent album “Nellyville” returns to its peak as it moves 5-2 just missing out on giving him the double.



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    Nelly guested on the last N*Sync single “Girlfriend” way back in April and now prevents its lead singer’s debut solo single from hitting the top! Justin Timberlake has of course had a higher profile in the band thanks to his relationship with a certain Britney Spears which hit the headlines this year when they split up. His debut single “Like I Love You” has drawn several comparisons to Michael Jackson including in the promo where Timberlake does his best to imitate the king of pop. The track itself is co-written and produced by the Neptunes who overhauled N*Sync’s “Girlfriend” and clearly signifies that big bucks have been poured into making him a solo star- it hasn’t got off to a bad start with 87,000 buyers last week. The album is out in a fortnight!



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    Meanwhile a first single from Blue’s second album (which will be called “One Love”) was widely tipped to be a No 1 given they lifted a couple of chart toppers from their first album, it hasn’t happened though. The single of the same name got off to a sprightly start but fell behind Timberlake eventually and sold 79,800 to arrive at No 3, that’s hardly a disaster as it extends their run to five straight top 10 hits but it does feel a little bit of a disappointment.



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    With Christmas rapidly approaching we get a slew of greatest hits albums and that will include a second retrospective from U2. Their first one “The Best Of 1980-1990” was released in 1998 and topped the charts on its way to over 900,000 sales, and the follow up “The Best Of 1990-2000” will follow in two weeks and one of two new tracks recorded for it debuts at No 5 (46,000) this week. “Electrical Storm” is available in two versions with one remixed by William Orbit and is their 25th top 10 single, well and truly a record for an Irish act.



    Las Ketchup salsa 2-4 (58,000) as sales move over 200,000, Big Brovaz dive 3-6 (38,000), Avril Lavigne drops 4-7 (21,000). Pink rebounds 11-8 (18,000) as she arrives in the UK for her debut tour, S Club Juniors slip 8-9 (16,000) and enter at No 5 with their album, and Samantha Mumba tumbles 5-10 (14,000).

    Next week take your pick of who will be No 1 with new releases by Craig David, Madonna, DJ Sammy, Whitney Houston and Shaggy!

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