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Sunday, 15 April, 2001, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK
Bunton holds onto top spot
Emma Bunton
Number one girl: What took her so long?
Baby Spice Emma Bunton has fought off stiff competition from Janet Jackson and Shaggy to stay at number one in the UK's single charts.

She is the fourth Spice Girl to have a number one single in her own right, and her single What Took You So Long? is her first as a solo artist.

Top Five
1. What Took You So Long? - Emma Bunton
2. It Wasn't Me - Shaggy featuring Rikrok
3. All For You - Janet Jackson
4. Out of Reach - Gabrielle
5. Pure and Simple - Hear'Say
The rock-tinged What Took You So Long? is taken fron Bunton's first solo album A Girl Like Me, released on 16 April.

Last week she pushed the phenomenally successful Hear'Say from the top spot after their three-week run.

Bunton's last solo release did not have the same good fortune - her collaboration with Tin Tin Out in 1999 failed to make the top slot when it was held off by ex-Spice Geri Halliwell.

Janet Jackson's new release All For You made it to number three, while Shaggy stayed at number two with It Wasn't Me.

HearSay's former number one Pure and Simple are now down to number five, in their fifth week of release.

Gabrielle's Out of Reach, which can be heard on the new Bridget Jones's Diary film, was the second-highest entry at number four.

Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson: Not enough to topple Bunton
And Robbie Williams's new release, Let Love Be Your Energy squeezed in at number 10.

Atomic Kitten's former number one Whole Again is still clawing onto the number eight spot 11 weeks after release.

Meanwhile, Stereophonics have topped the album charts as a new entry, pushing Hear'Say's Popstars down to number two.

Eva Cassidy's Songbird is still proving popular at number three, and 70s singing sensation Donny Osmond proved he still appeals to fans in the 21st Century.

His album This is the Moment came in at number 10, the second-highest new entry after Ocean Colour Scene's Mechanical Wonder.

See also:

08 Apr 01 | Music
Bunton celebrates solo success
15 Feb 01 | Entertainment
Baby Spice wedding mystery over
29 Oct 99 | Entertainment
Spice Girls forever, says Baby
29 Oct 00 | Entertainment
Spice Girls make pop history
24 Oct 00 | Entertainment
Spice Girls head for top
09 Mar 01 | Entertainment
Five become none?
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