March 20, 2001 14:21
HEAR' TO STAY!
The 'Popstars' band sell a further 60,000 copies of 'Pure And Simple' on the first day of the week...
The track - which some claim will be the biggest song of the year - sold more than 550,000 copies in its first week, making it the second fastest-selling debut single in chart history, after Band Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'.
Westlife's charity cover of Billy Joel's 'Uptown Girl' was at Number Two with first day sales of over 26,000, while Stereophonics' new single 'Mr Writer' was at Number Three.
Craig David was in the Top Ten at Number Seven with his fourth single 'Rendezvous, while Damage managed Number 11 with 'Still Be Lovin' You'.
Gay Dad's comeback single 'Now Always And Forever' could only make Number 34.
Meanwhile, Manic Street Preachers' album 'Know Your Enemy' was at Number One on first-day sales, after selling more than 20,000 copies. If the album does reach the top spot, it will be their third Number One album in a row, after 1996's 'Everything Must Go' and 1998's 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours'.
To see NME.COM's Hear'say microsite, which includes video interviews, clips, features, desktop wallpaper, e-cards, a track-by-track review of the Hear'say album and an awful lot more, just visit www.nme.com/popstars.