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Sunday, 5 March, 2000, 18:48 GMT
Top spot for Madonna's American Pie
American Pie cover
Madonna's version is shorter than Don McLean's classic
Madonna's latest single has topped the charts, knocking All Saints - who share the same music producer - off the number one spot.

The reworked version of Don McLean's 1971 classic American Pie, recorded with current collaborator William Orbit, has gone straight to number one in a chart containing no fewer than seven new entries in the top ten.

The track has bumped All Saints' Pure Shores, which is on the soundtrack for The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, to number two after a fortnight of dominating the charts.

William Orbit
William Orbit has a successful solo career too
It is Madonna's first number one for two years - her last success came with the single Frozen - and comes from the soundtrack of The Next Best Thing, in which she stars with British actor Rupert Everett.

In fact, it was Everett who persuaded her to cover the nostalgic tune. "I would never have thought of doing American Pie on my own," the superstar recently told reporters.

"I liked the song while I was growing up but I wasn't sure of its relevance for today.

"Rupert kept bugging me until I agreed to embrace the idea at least. Then I went into the studio and edited it down to two verses," she added.

The Next Best Thing
Rupert Everett and Madonna on the set of The Next Big Thing
The final sound bears the stamp of William Orbit whose production talents helped relaunch Madonna's career in the 1990s.

The unassuming producer has also developed a successful solo career.

Orbit's reworking of Barber's Adagio for Strings, known to many as the theme from Vietnam film Platoon, reached number four at the end of last year.

Meanwhile Pieces in a Modern Style - Orbit's album of classical covers from which the single was taken - was held off the top spot in the album charts by double Brit winners Travis with The Man Who.

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