WESTLIFE’S ‘UPTOWN’ TOP RANKING!

Pop juggernaut Westlife conquer the charts once more with their charity cover of 'Uptown Girl'...

WESTLIFE stormed straight to the top of the UK singles chart again today with their version of the BILLY JOEL classic ‘UPTOWN GIRL’.

The charity single, which is raising funds for Comic Relief, sold 292,348 copies, ending Shaggy’s week-long rule at the top of the charts with ‘It Wasn’t Me’.

It’s Westlife’s eighth Number One single out of nine single releases.

The band’s Bryan McFadden, speaking this evening to Mark Goodier on Radio 1’s chart show , said: “It’s amazing. I can’t believe eight Number Ones after nine singles. We only started a year and a half ago. We didn’t think we’d make Number One, because of Shaggy”.

He added that their victory over Shaggy was extra sweet because the single was for Comic Relief.

The second highest new entry was Gorillaz featuring Blur’s Damon Albarn, with their second single ‘Clint Eastwood’.

Meanwhile, Atomic Kitten hung on in the charts at Number Three with ‘Whole Again’, which previously spent four weeks at Number One.

Other new entries included Eminem proteges D-12, who went straight in at Number 10 with ‘Shit On You’, Artful Dodger, who scored a Number 11 hit with ‘Think About Me’ and DJ Luck And MC Neat who had their fourth Top 40 hit with ‘Piano Loco’, which went in at Number 12.

Veteran US rockers Aerosmith went straight in at Number 13 with ‘Jaded’ – coincidentally, their 13th UK hit – and Xzibit, went in at Number 14 with ‘X’.

Puff Daddy pop proteges Dream managed a chart debut at Number 17 with ‘He Loves You Not’ and David Gray went in at Number 20 with ‘This Year’s Love’.

There was disappointment for Robbie Williams’ flatmate Jonathan Wilkes who only managed to chart at Number 23, despite a huge publicity campaign.

In the album charts, there was little change, with Dido remaining at the top with ‘No Angel’, Coldplay still at Number Two with ‘Parachutes’ and David Gray moving up from Seven to Number Three with ‘White Ladder’. Highest new entry was Eric Clapton, with ‘Reptile’, closely followed by Semisonic who went in at Number 12 with ‘All About Chemistry’ and My Vitriol who went in at Number 15 with ‘Finelines’.