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Sunday, 10 March, 2002, 19:02 GMT
Young stays top of the pops
Will Young
Hat-trick: Can Will make it three weeks at the top?
Pop Idol winner Will Young has surprised no-one by staying at the top of the UK charts as his debut single continues to fly off the shelves.

His double A-side Anything is Possible and Evergreen sold a record 1,108,269 in its first week and Will fever carried on into week two.

Only time will tell if Young's shock announcement in a Sunday tabloid newspaper that he is gay will affect his popularity with the chart-buying public.

Rik Waller
Rik Waller is happy with his highest new entry accolade
Heavyweight Pop Idol finalist Rik Waller has seen his debut cover I Will Always Love You kept out of the top five by acts such as Enrique Iglesias and Latin American star Shakira.

Waller, who was forced to quit the talent search after falling ill, entered at number six but had already admitted it was probably a mistake to launch his career at the same time as Young.

The first day's trading of the week saw Young sell 100,000 copies, the amount some number one acts sell in an entire week.

But Waller remained upbeat, saying; "I am more than happy with number six, to get to number one with a debut single is not that often heard of, apart from Westlife and Will.

"I just love the fact that I am in the charts and that people can now go out and buy my record.

"The chances of me having another hit are now strengthened because it is at number six and is the highest new entry."

Gareth Gates
Gareth Gates looks like the only act to able to topple Will Young
Meanwhile, Westlife's former number one World Of Our Own slipped to number seven while Kylie Minogue's In Your Eyes was ousted from the top ten.

New entries included City High with Caramel at number nine and R'n'B star R Kelly at number 10 with The World's Greatest.

Experts predict Young will stay at the top for three weeks as no-one looks able to command such high sales until Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates launches his assault on the charts.

Gates' cover version of Unchained Melody goes head-to-head with George Michael's first release in two years - Freeek! - on 18 March.

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See also:

03 Mar 02 | Music
Young scores record number one
04 Mar 02 | Reviews
Syrupy debut for Pop Idol's Rik
25 Feb 02 | Music
Will Young's solo gamble
13 Feb 02 | TV and Radio
Pop Idol: Can Will make it?
12 Feb 02 | TV and Radio
Moody makeover for Will
11 Feb 02 | TV and Radio
Pop Idol's career hots up
10 Feb 02 | TV and Radio
Will 'must strive' for lasting success
10 Mar 02 | Music
Pop Idol Will: 'I'm gay'
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