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Wednesday, February 17, 1999 Published at 16:50 GMT


Spears set to top the charts

Britney Spears has already had a number one single and album in the US

Teenage sensation Britney Spears is heading for the number one spot this week - after selling more copies of her single in one day than the current number one has sold in a week.

The US singer's UK debut song Baby One More Time sold 124,000 copies on Monday alone - 1,000 more than Lenny Kravitz, the present number one, sold in six days.

[ image: Heading for the number one spot]
Heading for the number one spot
Shops have even been running out of copies of the 17-year-old's single.

A spokesman for her record company, Jive Records, said: "We shipped 270,000 copies which is the biggest we've ever had... But what was surprising to us was when shops phoned up at noon on Monday saying `we've run out' - especially when we've sent out so many."

But it is not only the single that is doing well - her video of the song is selling just as fast.

Gennaro Castaldo of the HMV chain said: "It's absolutely flying out of the shops. The video is being played heavily on MTV and The Box and that seems to be driving a lot of it.

"She seems to be appealing equally to both sexes. A lot of girls seem to find it aspirational for girls of her age group because they can relate to it.

"And of course a lot of the guys are into Britney because she's a good looking girl."

Spears has already had a number one single and album in the US. She calls herself a "devoted fan" of pop music and cites her influences as including Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston.

Baby One More Time is set to be the 12th different single to top the UK charts in as many weeks.

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