March 19, 2001 8:12
Despite competition from new releases by the likes of Stereophonics and Craig David, the 'Popstars' band are expected to remain at Number One this week...
According to chart experts, the manufactured 'Popstars' band will stay in the top position with their debut release 'Pure And Simple', with Westlife staying at Number Two with their charity cover of Billy Joel's 'Uptown Girl', the proceeds of which go to Comic Relief.
Gennaro Castaldo from HMV predicts that the highest new entry will be Stereophonics with 'Mr Writer', the first taste from their forthcoming new album, 'Just Enough Education To Perform'. However, he added that former Number Ones 'Whole Again' from Atomic Kitten and 'It Wasn't Me' by Shaggy were still selling well and would still be hanging round the Top Five by the time the new charts are unveiled on Sunday (March 25).
Craig David will also be challenging the Top Five with his new single, 'Rendezvous'. Other new releases looking for high chart places include The Offspring with 'Want You Bad', Tweenies and 'Best Friends', Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds with 'As I Sat Sadly By Her Side' and LeAnn Rimes with 'I Need You', the follow-up to her chart smash 'Can't Fight The Moonlight'.
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