U2 storm to top of the UK singles charts with 'Beautiful Day'...

U2 went straight to the top of the UK singles charts tonight with their new single ‘BEAUTIFUL DAY’ after beating the ROBBIE WILLIAMS and KYLIE MINOGUE duet ‘KIDS’ into second place in one of the most exciting chart battles of the year so far.

U2 got off to a storming start, selling 20,333 copies on the first day of sale compared to Robbie ‘n’ Kylie who sold just 11,527 in its first 24 hours on sale – despite being the favourites to hit the top spot.

‘Beautiful Day’ is the first single from U2’s eagerly awaited new album ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’, released on October 30.

As a result of the new entries at Number One and Two, All Saints’ ‘Black Coffee’ was pushed down to Number Three, having spent the last two weeks at the top of the chart.

Other high new entries included the Azzido Da Bass dance anthem ‘Dooms Night’ which went in at Number Eight, despite only reaching Number 58 when it was released eight months ago. Aussies Madison Avenue managed Number 10 with their second UK chart hit ‘Who The Hell Are You?’ and R Kelly went straight in at Number 12 with ‘I Wish’.

Elsewhere, Europopmeisters Alice Deejay managed Number 16 with ?The Lonely One?, their fourth UK chart hit, Lionel Richie went in at Number 18 with ?Angel? his 15th UK solo hit , Warrior went in at Number 19 with his self-titled debut dance track and Atomic Kitten made Number 20 with ?Follow Me?.

Lower down the charts, Muse went in at Number 25 with their re-release of ?Muscle Museum? and Erasure managed Number 27 with their comeback track ‘Freedom’.

However, there was sadness for Big Brother contestant Nichola Holt who only manged to reach the Top 80 with her debut single ‘The Game’.

In the albums chart, Radiohead held on to the Number One spot for the second week in a row with their current offering ‘Kid A’, which is also currently the US Number One. The Beautiful South had the highest new entry and went straight in at Number Two with new album ‘Painting It Red’. Placebo had the second highest new entry, reaching Number Six with their third album ‘Black Market Music’.

In other album chart news, Madonna is now at Number Three with ‘Music’, Robbie Williams is at Number Four with ‘Sing When You?re Winning’ and Sir Cliff Richard has a new entry at Number Seven with ‘The Whole Story – Greatest Hits’.

Come back to nme.com tomorrow for the low-down on who’s going head-to-head this week in the battle to reach the top of the charts.