Will Young staves off strong challenge from Shaggy and Ali G to keep the top spot in the UK singles chart...

POP IDOL winner WILL YOUNG was Number One for the third week running today after beating off a strong challenge from Shaggy and comedian Ali G for the coveted top spot.

‘Me Julie’, the theme tune of Ali G’s movie debut ‘Ali G In Da House’ could only manage to go straight in at Number Two leaving Will’s cover of Westlife’s ‘Evergreen’ backed with ‘Anything Is Possible’ at the top of the UK singles chart.

The battle at the top of the chart pushed Shakira’s ‘Whenever, Wherever’ down one place to Number Three. Jennifer Lopez had the next highest new entry with her US Number One ‘Ain’t It Funny’ and Nickleback’s ‘How You Remind Me’ was down one place at Number Five, with Lasgo’s ‘Something’ also down one at Number Six.

The third highest new entry was Celine Dion who went straight in at Number Seven with ‘A New Day Has Come’, her comeback single after two years away from the music scene.

Enrique Iglesias was still in the Top Ten with ‘Hero’ this week at Number Eight and there was another new entry at Number Nine for Iron Maiden’s charity reissue of ‘Run To The Hills’, which is raising money for multiple sclerosis.

Natalie Imbruglia was the last new entry in the Top Ten, going straight in at Number 10 with ‘Wrong Impression’.

Elsewhere in the chart, there were new entries at Number 16 for German DJ Tillmann Uhrmacher and ‘On The Run’ and at Number 21 for NME Carling Award winners Lost Prophets and ‘The Fake Sound Of Progress.

System Of A Down meanwhile went in at Number 25 with ‘Toxicity with Warren Stacey securing a new entry at Number 26 with ‘My Girl, My Girl’.

Lower down the chart former jailbird Felon went in at Number 31 with her debut ‘Get Out’ and Bjork went in at Number 35 with ‘Cocoon’ with dance tune ‘Good Time’ by Peran the last new entry on the Top 40, going in at Number 37.

In the album charts, Canadian rockers Nickelback saw their album ‘Silver Side’ go up from Number Three to the top of the pile, pushing ‘The Essential Barbra Streisand’ down to Number Two. Columbian songstress Shakira saw her album ‘Laundry Service’ shoot up from Number 98 to Number Three. However, the highest new entry – and in fact, the only one in the album Top 20 – was Beverley Knight who went straight in at Number Seven with ‘Who I Am’.

Click back to NME.COM tomorrow for the full rundown of everyone involved in next week’s chart battle.