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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 July, 2004, 18:02 GMT 19:02 UK
Usher's Burn fires its way to top
R&B star Usher's single Burn has gone to the top of the UK music charts, replacing last week's number one by teenage pop act McFly.

Usher's song beat Girls Aloud's The Show into second place, while Everytime by US singer Britney Spears dropped a further place to three.

Kylie Minogue's latest single Chocolate has entered at six in its opening week.

Retro disco act Scissors Sisters are top of the album charts, while indie band Razorlight are new in at three.


Kaplinsky wins TV dancing contest

BBC news presenter Natasha Kaplinsky and her dancing partner Brendan Cole have won BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing contest.

They beat EastEnders star Christopher Parker and his partner Hanna Karttunen in the final of the series shown live on Saturday night.

More than 2.5 million votes were cast by viewers as judges described the winning pair as "true ballroom stars".

The show, hosted by Bruce Forsyth, had featured eight dancing couples.


Ja Rule guilty of driving charges

Rapper Ja Rule has been arrested for driving while his licence is suspended and being in possession of marijuana.

Ja Rule, 28, was stopped by police on Friday after changing lanes without signalling, said a police spokesman.

The star, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended licence but the possession charge was dropped.

Ja Rule paid $550 (300) in fines and court fees at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York.


Apple to give away 50 free iPods

Apple plan to give away 50 iPods when song sales from its iTunes Music Store reach 100 million, say reports.

The free iPods will go to the buyer of each 100,000th song downloaded between 95 million and 100 million songs.

"We want to thank our customers who have made the iTunes music store such a stunning success," said Apple boss Steve Jobs.

Apple claim there will have been 95 million downloads worldwide by 2 July. ITunes launched in Europe last month.


Exclusive Mobos deal for the BBC

The BBC has signed an exclusive three-year deal with the Music of Black Origin Awards.

The prestigious awards ceremony will be screened on BBC One and also covered on Radio 1 and digital station 1Xtra.

"BBC One is the perfect platform to reach the widest and most diverse audience with this fantastic event," said BBC One head Lorraine Heggessy.

The nominations for this year's Mobos take place in August and the ceremony is at the Albert Hall on 30 September.





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