‘WHOLE…’ IN ONE?

The girl group shake off ther loss of Kerry katona in style - 'Whole Again' leads the pack at the halfway stage...

ATOMIC KITTEN look likely to have their first Number One this coming Sunday (February 4), as they are holding off stiff competition from new releases by U2, ASH and MYA.

If sales recorded up to the end of yesterday (January 29) are representative of the rest of the week, the Liverpudlian girl group’s new single ‘Whole Again’ will beat U2’s ‘Stuck In A Moment (You Can’t Get Out Of)’ to the top spot, although ‘Stuck In A Moment…’ should still enter the chart at Number Two.

It is also possible there will be four new entries in the Top Five this week, as Mya’s new single ‘Case Of The Ex’ is currently at Number Three, with Ash’s ‘Shining Light’ at Number Five.

Of the other new releases, NME Carling Awards tour headliners JJ72 are currently at Number 15 with ‘Snow’, Mansun’s ‘Fool’ is at 17, and Grandaddy’s ‘The Crystal Lake’ is at Number 30.

A chart expert at HMV in London said: “It’s a little bit of a surprise seeing Atomic Kitten vying for the Number One spot, as this is the fifth single taken from their album ‘Right Now’, and it

hasn’t received massive airplay. We’ve heard a lot about how the music market is meant to be moving away from pop, but this shows that it still has

a strong fanbase. Having said that, post-Christmas sales tend to be low-key, and just a few thousand extra sales can really push a release up the

charts. It looks like the band are benefitting from the recent publicity surrounding the departure of lead singer Kerry Katona.”

In the album charts, Dido, until now best known as the sampled voice behind Eminem’s ‘Stan’ single, is likely to climb to the top of the UK album charts with ‘No Angel’. Last week’s Number One album, Limp Bizkit’s ‘Chocolate Starfish And The Hotdog Flavoured Water’, is at Number Two.

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