IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD!

It's a third week at the top for Michael Andrews and Gary Jules, while Victoria Beckham has to settle for third place...

MICHAEL ANDREWS and GARY JULES have thwarted VICTORIA BECKHAM’s bid to snare the first Number One single of 2004 by holding on to the top spot in the chart for a third consecutive week with ’Mad World’.

Beckham’s double A-side single ’This Groove’/’Let Your Head Go’ was a new entry at Number Three, with Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne staying put at Number Two with their duet ’Changes’.

There was another new entry in the Top 10 this week from Fame Academy contestant Alistair Griffin, whose ’Bring It On’ dislodged World Idol loser Will Young’s ’Leave Right Now’ from the Number Five position, bumping it down a place. Sophie Ellis Bextor also had a new entry with ’I Won’t Change You’ at Number Nine.

Elsewhere, Black Eyed Peas climbed back up two places from Six to Four with ’Shut Up’ while The Darkness’ festive anthem ’Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)’ slid from Number Three to Number Seven.

Outside the Top 10, there were new entries at Number 11 for S Club 8 with ’Don’t Tell Me You’re Sorry’, at 34 for DMX featuring Swizz Beats with ’Get It On The Floor’, at 35 for Jaydee with ’Plastic Dreams’ and at Number 40 for Ocean Colour Scene with ’Golden Gate Bridge’.

In the album charts, Dido has swapped places at Number One with Will Young, whose ’Friday’s Child’ has stepped up from Number Two, where Dido’s ’Life For Rent’ is now sitting, but there is good news elsewhere for her as her ’No Angel’ album re-enters the chart at Number Nine.

Other artists whose albums have shot back up the chart thanks to seasonal sales include Coldplay, whose ’A Rush Of Blood To The Head’ rocketed from Number 50 to Number 12.

New entries this week in the albums Top 20 come from Busted, whose self-titled album is at 19, and David Gray at Number 20 with ’A New Day At Midnight’.

The Top 10 singles chart runs:

1. Michael Andrew feat. Gary Jules, ‘Mad World’

2. Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne, ‘Changes’

3. Victoria Beckham, ‘This Groove’/’Let Your Head Go’

4. Black Eyed Peas, ‘Shut Up’

5. Alistair Griffin, ‘Bring It On’

6. Will Young, ‘Leave Right Now’

7. The Darkness, ‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)’

8. Shane Ritchie, ‘I’m Your Man’

9. Sophie Ellis Bextor, ‘I Won’t Change You’

10. Atomic Kitten, ‘Ladies Night’