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Monday, 5 March, 2001, 10:07 GMT
Shaggy storms UK charts
Shaggy
Shaggy: It Wasn't Me is his first hit since 1995
Reggae singer Shaggy has ended Atomic Kitten's four-week reign at the top of the British charts with It Wasn't Me, which sold more than 340,000 copies in its first week.

The song is set to be the biggest-selling single of the year so far and marks an amazing turnaround for the Jamaican-born singer, who had his last number one single in 1995.

Shaggy has already had a number one in America with the song, which had crept into the British charts on import sales alone before it was officially released.

His album, Hotshot, has so far enjoyed four weeks at the top of the American charts.

Hawaiian boost

It was reported that Shaggy thought the song was going nowhere until a local radio presenter in Hawaii downloaded it and it became the most requested tune at the station - prompting other stations to take notice.

He had a string of hits in the early 90s but had failed to replicate that success until this week.

Atomic Kitten's Whole Again moved down to number two after four weeks at the top.

The Manic Street Preachers, who released two singles at the same time, could only scrape into the top ten at numbers eight and nine.

Winners at last week's Brit awards saw their album sales increase, with best band Coldplay's Parachutes rising from number eight to number two, and lifetime achievement award-winners U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind jumping from number ten to number three.

Dido remained at the top of the album chart.

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