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Sunday, 1 April, 2001, 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK
Hear'Say make chart history
Hear'Say
Hear'Say continue to smash records
Popstars group Hear'Say have made chart history becoming the first British act to top the single and album charts simultaneously with debut releases.

The group have stayed at the top of the singles chart for a third week running with Pure and Simple.

Their album - named Popstars after the TV show which brought them together - sold 306,631 in its first week, putting it at the top.

Hanson
Hear'Say have matched the record of the long-haired Hanson brothers
The only other group to achieve a chart double header were American youngsters Hanson.

Hear'Say smashed yet another record for first week debut album sales, beating the likes of the Spice Girls and Oasis.

Popstars outsold the rest of the top 10 album chart combined.

Break

The band - Myleene Klass, Danny Foster, Suzanne Shaw, Kym Marsh and Noel Sullivan - are now taking a rest following their hectic promotion schedule.

A spokesman said: "The band are ecstatic, they found out earlier today.

"They are all going back home this week and will be taking a couple of weeks off. They've all got their own plans."

Shaggy's former number one hit It Wasn't Me continues to sell well and has stayed at number two in the singles chart.

The highest new entry was Crazy Town with Butterfly at number three.

Britney Spears' new release had been considered a contender for the number one spot, but eventually it only scraped in at 12.

The biggest first week album sales in the UK were for Oasis's Be Here Now in 1997 when it sold 663,000 copies, while last year the Beatles greatest hits collection, called 1, sold 319,000 in a week.

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