Sales of 'It's Not Me' get set to go through the roof - so that's no chart-topper for the Manic Street Preachers then...

SHAGGY’s predicted sensational return to the UK charts looks set to materialise, with his single ‘IT’S NOT ME’ selling over 80,000 copies in just one day, making it a safe bet to be Number One this Sunday (March 4).

According to sales figures from yesterday (February 26), ‘It’s Not Me’ sold 81,777 after its first day on sale, with experts predicting the song could sell in excess of 300,000 copies in just one week. The track has been a massive success in the US, and is already at Number 31 in the UK chart off the back of import sales alone.

In one day the song has surpassed the biggest first week sales for the year so far. Current Number One, ‘Whole Again’ by Atomic Kitten, sold approximately 69,000 in its first week. ‘Whole Again’ is expected to slip one place to Number Two after four weeks at the top.

A chart expert at HMV commented: “Due to its phenomenal success in the American charts, there’s been massive interest in this single for weeks now. It’s actually been sneaking into the UK charts in recent weeks on the strength of imported copies alone.

“If ‘It Wasn’t Me’ keeps up this fantastic level of sales, it won’t only be the biggest selling single by far of the year to date, but also has to be an early contender for the biggest selling single for the whole of 2001”.

In other chart news, the Manic Street Preachers, who made history as the first major band to release two singles on the same day, look likely to have two Top Five hits in the same week. ‘So Why So Sad’ is currently at Number Three, while its sister release ‘Found That Soul’ is at Number Four.

Other new releases come from Nelly Furtado, whose ‘I’m Like A Bird’ single is at Number Seven, Kaci’s ‘Paradise’ is at Number 16, Divine Comedy’s ‘Love What You Do’ is at Number 19 and PJ Harvey’s ‘A Place Called Home’ is currently at Number 35.

In the UK album chart, Dido looks set to stay at Number One for another week with her album ‘No Angel’. She currently holding off competition from what is set to be this week’s highest new entry at Number Two, ‘Loco’ by the Fun Lovin’ Criminals.

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