But the UK isn't being forgotten - there's a strong possibility of a greatest hits compilation this year...

Rumours of a STEPS greatest hits album have been downplayed this morning (January 17), but it looks likely that the band will be spending most of 2001 out of the UK building on their successes abroad.

A spokesperson for the band told NME.COM this morning that a greatest hits is “A possibility. It’s difficult to say because there aren’t any definite plans beyond May, but I think a lot of people are thinking along the lines of ‘There are 15 tracks, so we could do one’. There might be another album this year, you never know.”

He added that apart from a new series of ‘Steps To The Stars’ starting on BBC1 in February, the band would be spending a lot of time in the USA. The spokesperson added: “They haven’t spent that long their in the past, but it’s difficult because if you spend too long promoting over there everyone in the UK forgets who you are. It’s B*Witched syndrome.”

Earlier this month the band’s manager Tim Byrne told NME.COM that the use of Swedish hit factory Cheiron on current single ‘It’s The Way You Make Me Feel’, and the Ace Of Base-esque feel of ‘Buzz’ album tracks like ‘Happy Go Lucky’, were part of a deliberate plan to build on the Stateside success already achieved by the band.

Steps will also be spending time in Europe and Asia, leaving little time to record a fourth album. If the greatest hits does go ahead, 2001 will break the band’s run of an album per year. Though Claire Richards has suggested that a Steps greatest hits album would contain new bonus tracks, the impressive tracklisting to date stands as follows: ‘5,6,7,8’ ‘Last Thing On My Mind’ ‘One For Sorrow’ ‘Heartbeat’ ‘Tragedy’ ‘Better Best Forgotten’ ‘Love’s Got A Hold On My Heart’ ‘After The Love Has Gone’ ‘Say You’ll Be Mine’ ‘Better The Devil You Know’ ‘Deeper Shade Of Blue’ ‘When I Said Goodbye’ ‘Summer Of Love’ ‘Stomp’ ‘It’s The Way You Make Me Feel’