'Pure And Simple' is outselling its closest rival, Westlife's 'Uptown Girl', by four to one...

HEAR’SAY are looking at a certain Number One single, after selling a staggering 160,000 copies of their debut single ‘PURE AND SIMPLE’ in just one day – the biggest first-day sales of any single since ELTON JOHN’s ‘CANDLE IN THE WIND 97’.

On its day of release yesterday (March 12), the band outsold chart rivals Westlife by almost four times. ‘Pure and Simple’ sold 160,995 copies, while the current Number One, Westlife’s cover of Billy Joel’s ‘Uptown Girl’ sold 43,240.

A chart commentator at HMV in London told NME.COM that ‘Pure And Simple’ is a contender for the “fastest-selling single by a debut act ever”.

He added: “Up until now, the whole ‘Popstars’ phenomenon has been something of an abstract experiment. The release of ‘Pure And Simple’ is the first chance the public have had to show their support, and it is clear they have connected in a big way.”

By way of comparison, Britney Spears’ debut single, ‘…Baby One More Time’, sold 127,970 in its first day in February 1999.

Elsewhere in this week’s chart, ‘It Wasn’t Me’ remains at Number Three, Atomic Kitten’s ‘Whole Again’ is at Number Four, and this week’s NME cover stars Gorillaz are at Number Five with ‘Clint Eastwood’.

Muse also look likely to have a Top Ten hit this week. Their single ‘Plug In Baby’ is currently at Number Eight.

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