FIVE DANCE STRAIGHT TO THE TOP OF THE CHARTS!

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Five beat off the Bextor to sail straight to top of UK singles chart...

FIVE triumphed in one of the closest battles of the year to go straight to the top of the UK singles chart tonight (August 19) with current single ‘LET’S DANCE’.

The single, the first from their forthcoming album ‘Kingsize’, beat off strong competition from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, whose debut solo single ‘Take Me Home’ went straight in at Number Two.

It’s Five’s third Number One, following ‘We Will Rock You’ with Queen last year and ‘Keep On Movin’ in 1999.

Speaking to Scott Mills on the Radio One Chart Show tonight, Five’s Abs said it felt “pretty good” to have another chart topper.

He said: “We’ve done it, we’re back! We had some competition, but to come back and have a Number One after a year, what more can you ask for?”

He also put to rest speculation that Sean and Scott had quit the band.

Dismissing the Scott rumours by explaining that he was simply spending time with his new baby, he insisted that Sean was ill with glandular fever and would return as soon as he recovered.

“It’s been tough, but we’ll pull through. Sean’s coming back as far as I know,” he said.

Last week’s Number One, ’21 Seconds’ from So Solid Crew was pushed down to Number Three.

The next highest new entry was Eve featuring Gwen Stefani with ‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind’ and Jamiroquai went in at Number Five with ‘Little L’. Elsewhere in the Top Ten, former Number One Atomic Kitten’s ‘Eternal Flame’ was at Number Six, Ian Van Dahl’s ‘Castles In The Sky’ was at Seven and New Order went straight in at Number Eight with ‘Crystal’, their first Top 40 hit for six years and the first taster of their new album ‘Get Ready’ which is released next week.

Wyclef Jean was at Number Nine with ‘Perfect Gentleman’ and Jennifer Lopez was at Number 10 with ‘Ain’t It Funny’.

Groove Armada meanwhile just missed out on a place in the Top 10 by going straight in at Number 12 with ‘Superstylin”, the first track from their forthcoming album ‘Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)’ which is out next month.

Other new entries included Shade Sheist featuring Nate Dogg’s ‘Where I Wanna Be’ which went in at Number 14, De Nada who went straight in at Number 15 with ‘Love You Anyway’ and Times Four with ‘Body Rock’.

Lower down the charts, Anastasia went straight in at Number 27 with ‘Made For Loving You’, Supersister debuted at Number 36 with ‘Shopping’ and Manchild just managed to get into the charts with a new entry at Number 40 with their new single ‘Nothing Without Me’.

In the album charts, David Gray went up to Number One from Number Two with ‘White Ladder’, pushing Atomic Kitten’s ‘Right Now’ down to Number Two. Prince’s ‘Very Best Of’ stayed at Number three, Destiny’s Child were at Number Four with ‘Survivor’, Dido’s ‘No Angel’ was at Six, Wyclef Jean’s ‘Ecleftic’ at Number Seven, Train ‘Drops Of Jupiter’ at Number Eight, Travis’ ‘Invisible Band’ at Number Nine and Gorillaz’ eponymous debut was at Number Ten.

Click back to NME.COM tomorrow for the runners and riders in next week’s chart battle.