POSH PIPPED BY POSHER!

Spiller, featuring Theaudience's Sophie Ellis-Bextor on vocals, wins the battle...

Spiller, featuring SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR, beat True Steppers and VICTORIA BECKHAM to the Number One spot yesterday (August 20) after a week-long war waged in the tabloids.

The heat had been turned up midweek when it looked like True Steppers‘Out Of Your Mind’, which features former Another Level star Dane Bowers and Posh Spice on guest vocals, was ahead of Spiller‘s Ibiza anthem ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’. But by Sunday the tables had turned and it ended up 20,000 ahead.

At yesterday’s Radio 1 ‘One Big Sunday’ bash in Plymouth, theaudience singer Sophie turned up on stage wearing a cheeky red T-shirt with Peckham on it. She told the Daily Record that her chart rival should take a rest, saying: “She’s probably knackered. It was a fierce competition and it must have been such a long week.

Victoria shouldn’t think she’s failed because she went in at Number Two. I want to congratulate her – she’s still done really well. I absolutely didn’t think we’d be Number One, not for an instant. [And] I never thought of Number Two as failing.”

Posh put a brave face on it, saying today: “I am over the moon at how many records we’ve sold. It will show people what I’m capable of on my own.”

Other new entries in the chart this week included Britney Spears‘Lucky’, which went into the chart at Number Five. There was only one other new Top 20 single this weekend, Hi Gate‘s ‘I Can Hear Voices’. Irish trio JJ72‘s ‘Oxygen’ debuted at Number 23, giving them their first Top 30 single, while American rockers and recent NME cover stars Queens Of The Stone Age, who support Foo Fighters at their pre-festival warm-up gig in London on Thursday, just missed out on the Top 30 with ‘The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret’, which reached Number 31.

There is little chance of a repeat of last week’s top spot battle between two of this week’s big releases, Madonna‘s ‘Music’ and Daphne And Celeste‘s cover of Alice Cooper‘s ‘School’s Out’. Daphne And Celeste appear at Carling Weekend Festivals at Leeds on Saturday (August 26) and Reading on Sunday (27).