August 23, 2000 16:01
CHART COMPILERS RULE OUT '...MIND' GAMES
It's alleged that [b]'Out Of Your Mind'[/b] was bought in bulk from a record store last week...
There were reports in UK tabloid The Sun of a "mystery woman" buying 34 tapes of the single at a branch of Woolworths in Hertfordshire.
The newspaper also reported earlier this week that magazine tycoon Richard Desmond, a friend of Victoria Beckham, who guests on the single along with Another Level's Dane Bowers, had given his staff #10 each and told them to go out and buy copies of the single from chart-registered chain Our Price.
However, CIN said despite an investigation, they had discovered no irregularities or any breach of the strict rules which govern which singles enter the Top 40.
A spokesperson for CIN told nme.com this morning: "We had a call from a newspaper last week saying they had reports from someone who had witnessed multiple copies of the Truesteppers single being purchased. We have investigated the claims and we can find no evidence of chart-hyping having occurred. We have sophisticated methods of preventing any kind of chart-hyping and if we had found any irregularities, that store's sales would have automatically been discounted from the chart. We are confident that nothing untoward took place."
Meanwhile Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who performs vocals on the Truesteppers' chart rival single 'Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)', which beat the Posh collaboration to Number One on Sunday (August 20), has another battle on her hands this week in the form of the mighty Madonna.
According to midweek chart reports, Madonna's 'Music' is still behind 'Groovejet', which is on course to stay at the top of the charts for a second week.
A spokesperson for Spiller and Sophie said it puts theaudience frontwoman in a sticky situation, adding: "Madonna was the reason Sophie got into pop music and she has cited her as her biggest influence to this day."