WESTLIFE ‘COAST…’ IT!

'Coast To Coast' outsells 'Forever' by three to one...

WESTLIFE have trounced the SPICE GIRLS in the battle to the Number One album slot in the UK charts, as predicted by NME.COM.

The Irish boyband’s second album ‘Coast To Coast’ outsold the Spice Girls’ third album ‘Forever’ by three copies to one to knock U2’s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ from the top position.

According to reports, the boys sold 234,000 copies, while the girls managed just 71,000, which saw their album debut at Number Two.

Westlife told The Sun newspaper this morning: “We are absolutely over the moon. We’d like to give a huge thanks to all out fans for being so supportive and helping us to achieve this very personal goal.”

In other chart news, A1 caused no surprises by going straight into the singles chart at Number One with their latest release’Same Old Brand New You’, which ousted Westlife’s ‘My Love’ from the sales pole position.

Other new entries included The Backstreet Boys, who debuted at Number Four with ‘The Shape Of My Heart’, and The Offspring, who went straight into the charts at Number Six with ‘Original Prankster’. As exclusively revealed by NME.COM on Saturday, the band were set for a higher chart position, but high street giant HMV refused to stock the single as Offspring had already made it available as a downloadable track through their official website on the Internet. For the full story, Click here…

Other new entries included Marilyn Manson, whose latest single ‘Disposable Teens’went in at Number 12. It’s the first track from his latest album ‘Holy Wood (In The Valley In the Shadow Of Death)’, which is released today through Nothing/Interscope.’By Your Side’, the comeback single by ’80s spliff-puffing chanteuse Sade, went in at Number 17.

Come back to NME.COM later today for the lowdown on the new releases this week.