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Sunday, 2 September, 2001, 18:31 GMT 19:31 UK
Blue top the chart
Blue met up when their managers auditioned
Boy band Blue reached the top of the UK pop charts on Sunday, knocking rivals Five off prime position.

The R&B quartet moved Five's Let's Dance from number one with their soul-influenced cover of Next's 1998 hit, Too Close.

This is Louise's eleventh hit top 20 solo single
They beat off competition for the top spot from singles by Spice Girl Emma Bunton and ex-Eternal singer Louise.

Blue - Duncan James, Anthony Costa, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe - are all from London.

Their debut single, All Rise, spent five weeks in the top ten earlier this year.

Too Close is their second single.

Louise came into the chart at number four with her cover of the 1973 Stealers Wheel hit Stuck in the Middle With You.

The singer, who is married to Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp, left Eternal in 1995 for a successful solo career.

Emma Bunton
Bunton sang at the switch-on of the Blackpool Illuminations on Friday
Emma Bunton came in at number five with Take My Breath Away, the second single to be taken from her debut solo album A Girl Like Me.

Bunton was the fourth Spice Girl to have a solo number one in her own right, with What Took You So Long in April.

At number three was Kid Rock's DJ Uncle Kracker, a calypso-inspired summer song called Follow Me.

And Indie veterans The Charlatans were in at number 16 with Love Is The Key, taken from their seventh album Wonderland.

Last week the keyboard player from The Charlatans, 35-year-old Tony Rogers, announced that he was suffering from cancer.

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