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Sunday, 23 December, 2001, 19:09 GMT
Robbie tops Christmas chart
Promotional video shot of Williams and Kidman
Nostalgia has paid off for Williams and Kidman
Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman have clinched the Christmas number one in the UK singles charts with their duet Somethin' Stupid.

The duo fulfilled the bookies' predictions, beating off dark horse contender Gordon Haskell's How Wonderful You Are.

UK Christmas singles chart
1. Somethin' Stupid - Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman
2. Gordon Haskell - How Wonderful You Are
3. Daniel Bedingfield - Gotta Get Thru This
4. Sophie Ellis Bextor - Murder On The Dancefloor
5. Stereophonics - Handbags and Gladrags
But 55-year-old Haskell nonetheless entered the chart at number two with his romantic ballad - said to have been composed on a supermarket shopping trip with his mother.

Haskell, who once played with rock group King Crimson, saw a BBC Radio 2 play of his song lead to nearly quarter of a million advance orders copies for the record.

Cry

But other contenders in the Christmas sales race came off rather worse.

Gordon Haskell
Gordon Haskell: Straight in at two
Michael Jackson slipped out of the top 40 with his single Cry.

And Cliff Richard managed only number 18 with his medley Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World.

Kate Winslet's romantic What If - taken from the animated film, Christmas Carol, The Movie - did somewhat better, spending a second week at number 11.

Charity

The Tweenies, likewise, have spent a second week in the same position - number nine - with I Believe In Christmas.

S Club 7
Proceeds from the S Club 7 single are going to charity
S Club 7's Have You Ever inched up from seven to six.

On the album charts, Robbie Williams is celebrating another week at number one with his tribute to the swing crooners, Swing When You're Winning.

The album has sold about one million copies in a matter of weeks, and has become the second biggest-selling album in the UK in 2001.

Two other swing albums - Jools Holland's Small World, Big Band and Frank Sinatra's greatest hits collection My Way - are also in the album top 20.

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23 Dec 01 | Music
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