A RELATIVE SUCCESS!

The band beat Keane by a snip…

Scissor Sisters scored the biggest selling UK album of 2004, overtaking favourites Keane on the last day of the year.

The camp New York outfit outsold Keane’s debut album ’ Hopes And Fears’ by just 582 copies.

The news will come as a shock to the Battle three-piece, who were named by BBC Radio 1 as the year’s best seller in a broadcast on New Year’s Eve (December 31).

Robbie Williams’ greatest hits compilation came in third, followed by Maroon 5 and Katie Melua.

Anastasia, Usher, Norah Jones, Keane and Il Divo also appeared in the Top Ten, reports the BBC.

Half of the Top Ten was made up of British acts, which comes as welcome news to Universal Music UK, home to both Dido and Keane.

Chairman Lucian Grainge commented: : “It’s a fantastic result, but what is most special is that the two biggest-selling albums of the year are both from brand new UK-signed artists.”

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