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Singer Young scores chart double
Will Young
Young won the first Pop Idol series, which was almost two years ago
Pop star Will Young is at the top of both the UK album and single charts after his second album, Friday's Child, went straight to number one on Sunday.

His single, Leave Right Now, stayed at the top of the singles pile for a second week, holding off a challenge from the Black Eyed Peas at number two.

And the new single by Young's Pop Idol rival Gareth Gates went in at number four, behind Shane Richie at three.

Simply Red, Dido, D-Side and Katie Melua also had entries in the top 10.

UK TOP FIVE SINGLES
1. Will Young - Leave Right Now
2. Black Eyed Peas - Shut Up
3. Shane Richie - I'm Your Man
4. Gareth Gates - Say It Isn't So
5. Westlife - Mandy
Source: Official UK Charts Company
Young won the UK's first series of Pop Idol in February 2002 and his sales success seems to prove that TV talent show winners can have staying power.

Leave Right Now is his fourth number one single, while his debut album, From Now On, sold more than 600,000 copies in the UK after topping the chart in October 2002.

In this week's album chart, he came ahead of Dido's Life For Rent, which moved back up one place to number two.

Michael Jackson and Busted followed, with last week's top album, Westlife's Turn Around, sliding to number five.

  • On Saturday, Westlife won Record of the Year 2003 title - the third time they have won the public vote to find the best single of the last 12 months.

    The Irish band picked up the title for their number one hit Mandy, beating off 10 other finalists including Busted and Daniel Bedingfield.


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