THE BELLE STARS!

The enigmatic Glaswegians go straight into the charts at 15 with new single 'Legal Man'...

Belle & Sebastian will be celebrating tonight (Sunday) after having their biggest hit yet with new single ‘Legal Man’, released last Monday through Jeepster.

The track, which entered the chart at number 15, is an uptempo, northern soul-style stompalong which the band themselves have admitted was their most concerted effort yet to crack the charts.

B & S’s greatest singles chart success previously had been with their October 1997 single ‘3..6..9 Seconds Of Light’, which reached Number 32 the week it was released.

However, ‘Legal Man’ is not on the band’s forthcoming album ‘Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant’, their fourth, out on June 5 through Jeepster.

The success of ‘Legal Man’ will no doubt be a significant one for Belle & Sebastian.

Last year, they won the 1999 Brit Award for Best Newcomer, as voted for by listeners of Radio One – only for Steps svengali Pete Waterman to claim the vote had been rigged as he was sure his band had clinched victory, an accusation vehemently denied by Radio 1, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), who organise the Brits and by Belle & Sebastian themselves. Steps current single ‘Deeper Shade Of Blue’ fell out of the Top 40 tonight.

Belle & Sebastian are also likely to appear on this week’s Top Of The Pops.

See nme.com later this week for the band’s reaction.