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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 August, 2003, 18:52 GMT 19:52 UK
Blu beats Robbie to top spot
R&B star Blu Cantrell's single Breathe has gone straight in at number one in the UK charts.

Her collaboration with DJ Sean Paul was followed by fellow new urban music talent Lumidee, who entered at two with the song Never Leave You.

Robbie Williams, despite three sell-out Knebworth shows over the weekend, only managed number three with his release Something Beautiful.

Last week's number one, Daniel Bedingfield's Never Gonna Leave Your Side, dropped to four, while previous number two, Crazy In Love by Beyonce, dropped to fifth.

Beyonce's album was also knocked from the top spot by Magic and Medicine, a new entry from rock band The Coral.


Fake Oliver book on web

Up to 100 recipes by TV chef Jamie Oliver have been recreated in a bogus book circulating on the internet, according to reports.

The 121-page manuscript is presented as a new book called The Naked Chef 2 and purports to be from an unhappy employee at Oliver's publishers Penguin.

Lawyers are investigating any breach of copyright, but Penguin does not believe the e-mail originated within the company.

"Our lawyers are taking it very seriously," a Penguin spokesman told The Sunday Telegraph.


Dixie Chicks tour bus crash

A tour bus for US country band The Dixie Chicks was ran into by a truck while parked on an overpass in Texas on Thursday, according to police.

No-one was seriously hurt in the incident which happened in San Antonio at about 03.30, although the driver was treated in hospital for a cut to his arm.

Emily Robison was the only member of the country-music group on the bus and was not injured.

The band's next tour date is Little Rock in Arkansas on Friday.


Simon Cowell slates Big Brother

Music mogul Simon Cowell took a swipe at the latest UK Big Brother contestants, labelling them instant fame-seekers.

The outspoken TV presenter made the comments at the launch of the second UK series of Pop Idol on Thursday.

"Big Brother is not reality any more. You don't get 10 normal people to do it. You get 10 actors in the house," he said.

Pop Idol 2 returns to ITV on 9 August.


Reality TV gets sporty

Ex-Steps star Lee Latchford Evans and Mel C are to star in a new reality TV show that tests sporting prowess.

In Channel 4's The Games, five men and five women will take part in events such as swimming, weightlifting and hammer throwing.

Viewers will be treated to the sight of Hewitt taking on Bobby Davro in a high dive, plus Mel C speed skating against Gail Porter.

The male competitors are former lover of Diana, Princess of Wales, James Hewitt, So Solid Crew's Harvey, Latchford-Evans, comic Bobby Davro and chef Jean-Christophe Novelli.

The women's side consists of Porter, Mel C, former Hollyoaks star Terri Dwyer, Merseybeat actress Josie D'Arby and current Miss World Azra Akin.





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