SIMPLY THE BEST

No surprises as Hear'Say hold the Number One slot for a second week, and they're singing in the Valleys as Stereophonics and Manic Street Preachers get good results...

No surprises at the top of this week’s UK singles chart, as HEAR’SAY held on to their Number One slot for a second week running today (March 25).

The ‘Popstars’ TV show quintet’s single ‘Pure And Simple’ is looking indomitable, the single selling well throughout last week.

It was also a triumphant week for Welsh rock, with Stereophonics‘ new single ‘Mr Writer’ the highest new entry in the singles chart, entering at Number Five and Manic Street Preachers scoring the highest new entry in the albums chart with ‘Know Your Enemy’ soaring into the Number Two position, held off the top slot by Eva Cassidy’s ‘Songbird’.

In the singles chart, Stereophonics were followed by Craig David, whose ‘Rendezvous’ was the only other new entry in this week’s Top 10, debuting at Number Eight.

Damage narrowly missed out on the Top Ten, with their ‘Still Be Loving You’ entering the chart at Number 11. Meanwhile, The Tweenies’ ‘Best Friends Forever’ entered at Number 12 and LeAnn Rimes’ ‘I Need You’ charted at Number 13.

The Offspring’s ‘Want You Bad’ went in at Number 15, while R Kelly’s ‘The Storm Is Over Now’ entered at Number 18 and Blackout’s ‘Mr DJ’ went in at 19, rounding off a slew of new singles in the Top 20.

Elsewhere, Rhythmkillaz reached Number 32 with their new single, ‘Whack Ass MF, Mark Ryder’s ‘Joy’ debuted at 34, followed one place behind by Savage Garden with ‘The Best Thing’ and Simon at 36 with ‘Free At Last’ winding up the new entries on the singles Top 40.

In the album charts, the Manics aside, it was a week for MOR veterans, with Billy Joel and Chris De Burgh’s Best Of compilations the only other new entries, at Numbers Four and 19 respectively.