Made-for-TV band sell over 500,000 to race straight in at Number One in the UK...

HEAR’SAY, as predicted, have shot straight in at the top of the UK charts with their debut single, ‘PURE AND SIMPLE’.

After a week of high-profile promotion and media activity, the five-piece, put together through top-rating television show’Popstars’, have secured their Number One with one of the fastest selling first singles ever, shifting well over 500,000 units.

In so doing, they moved Westlife, with their charity cover of Billy Joel’s ‘Uptown Girl’ to Number Two. In other new entries on the chart, dance act Chocolate Puma went in at Number Six with ‘I Wanna Be U’, while Muse just missed the Top Ten, as ‘Plug In Baby’ went in at Number 11. Beenie Man, meanwhile, charted at Number 13 with ‘Girls Dem Sugar’, featuring Mya. Further down the chart, veteran blonde-lover Rod Stewart notched up another hit, as ‘I Can’t Deny It’ went in at 26. Three Amigos with their ’25 Miles 2001′ entered the charts at Number 30, while Faithless’s Sister Bliss saw her solo effort featuring veteran British singer John Martyn go in at 31, one place above Roni Size with ‘Dirty Beats’, who himself was a place above Jaheim at 33 with ‘Could It Be’.

In the album chart, French duo Daft Punk debuted at Number Two with their second album ‘Discovery’. The little-known late songstress Eva Cassidy managed to go one better, dislodging Dido from the top spot with ‘Songbird’. Other new entries on the chart came from Aerosmith with ‘Just Push Play’ at Seven and new Canadian singer Nelly Furtado with ‘Whoa Nelly’ at Number Nine.