ODDS-ON FAVOURITES

Mariah Carey and Westlife fulfil odds-on promise, while Madge makes sweet Music Number One...

Mariah Carey and Westlife‘s cover of the PHIL COLLINS ballad ‘AGAINST ALL ODDS’ has topped the UK Top 40 singles chart, while MADONNA‘s ‘MUSIC’ has stormed straight to the top of the album chart today (September 24).

Modjo‘s brief reign at Number One was cut short by the balladeers, who equalled the Spice Girls‘ record of having their first six singles go to the top. Zombie Nation‘s ‘Kernkraft 400’ romped into Number Two as this week’s second-highest new entry.

There were a further four new entries in the Top 40 singles chart, from Billie (‘Something Deep Inside’) at Number Four, Pink (‘Most Girls’) at Number Five, Sisqo (‘Unleash The Dragon’) at Number Six and Anastacia (‘I’m Outta Love’) at Number Seven.

Other new entries in this week’s chart included Green Day with ‘Minority’ at Number 18, Foo Fighters at 29 with ‘Breakout’ and Soulwax who just made the Top 40 with ‘Too Many DJs‘.

In the album chart, as predicted, Madonna‘s ‘Music’ stormed straight to Number One, despite being available on Napster for weeks prior to its release.

She nudged Robbie Williams into the Number Two position with ‘Sing When You’re Winning’. She now bookends the Top 40 albums, with ‘Ray Of Light’ sitting at Number 40 today.

The second highest new entry on the album chart was at Number 21, with veterans The Pretenders’ greatest hits compilation. Dum Dums made their debut at Number 27 with ‘It Goes Without Saying’, while NME cover stars At The Drive-In‘s ‘Relationship of Command’ pipped Bjvrk‘s ‘Selma Songs’ by one position, charting at 33 and 34 respectively.