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Wednesday, 29 December, 1999, 13:25 GMT
Jaxx album is poll hit

Club duo Basement Jaxx's debut album Remedy has been named 1999's best LP in an end-of-year poll of polls.


HMV's top 10
1) Basement Jaxx - Remedy
2) Chemical Brothers - Surrender
3) Death In Vegas - Contino Sessions
4) Beta Band - Beta Band
5) Missy Elliot - Da Real World
6) Flaming Lips - Soft Bulletin
7) TLC - Fan Mail
8) Pavement - Terror Twilight
9) Beck - Midnite Vultures
10) Travis - The Man Who
The London-based act led a top three of dance acts at the head of the chart, compiled by the HMV retail chain.

There was also success for American acts, who make up half of the ten top albums, culled from polls in the NME, Melody Maker, Select, Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, Q, Muzik, Mixmag, Mojo and Uncut.

An HMV spokesman said: "This really has been a year of dance music and it is reflected by the top of this chart.

"Basement Jaxx have been consistently acclaimed by both the dance magazines and the traditional rock press."

The Man Who, by Travis, managed only tenth place - despite being the best-selling album this year by a UK act.




Baby for Johnson and new wife

Actor Don Johnson and his wife are celebrating the birth of their first child on Tuesday.

Kelley Johnson gave birth to a girl, Atherton Grace Johnson, at a San Francisco hopsital, according to publicist Elliot Mintz.

The baby was named after Ms Johnson's late father, but will be known as Grace or Gracie. She weighed 7lb 15oz (4 kilos).

"Mother and baby are doing extraordinary," Mintz said.

Johnson, 50, married the 30-year-old school teacher last year. He has been married twice before, both times to actress Melanie Griffith, with whom he has a daughter Dakota, born in 1990.

The actor, who stars in US TV show Nash Bridges and rose to fame in 1980s hit Miami Vice, also has a teenage son from a previous relationship with actress Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn.




Ambassador's reception closes

Television viewers will get their last chance to visit the ambassador's reception on Wednesday when the infamous Ferrero Rocher advertisement is shown for the last time.

The commercial - which vainly tried to portray the foil-wrapped chocolates as a high-class treat - has become cult viewing in the nine years they have been on the air, thanks to poor dubbing, tacky dialogue and distinctive music.

Often-repeated lines include "Monsieur, with these chocolates you are really spoiling us!" and one guest's grateful "excellente!" as he is offered a chocolate.

It was noted as one of the 10 worst advertisements of all time by trade magazine Campaign earlier this month.

Now the manufacturers plan to give the choclates a new image with a new advertising campaign.

The ad will be shown at around 1815 GMT during Friends on Channel 4.




Geri out on a limb

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has beaten off competition from her former colleagues to win the 1999 Nair Best Legs Award.

Judges from Nair, who manufacture depilatory products, chose the former Ginger Spice's pins ahead of Victoria Beckham, Melanie Gulzar, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Geri puts her legs down to a healthy diet and a daily yoga workout.

Tom Cruise, who flashed his hamstrings in the Stanley Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut, won the men's award ahead of footballers David Beckham and David Ginola, singer Robbie Williams and actors Ewan McGregor and Ben Affleck.




BBC runs drink-drive ad

The BBC is giving coverage to a millennium anti drink-drive advertisement.

It features Mike and Joy Jobbins, who lost their 25-year-old daughter Michelle in a drink-drive accident six years ago, in an attempt to bring home the tragic consequences of drinking and driving.

The "simulcast" will also be shown on several other television channels, terrestrial and satellite, on Wednesday at 1957 GMT.

It shows Mr and Mrs Jobbins, from Thornbury, near Bristol, standing in their front room speaking of their grief.

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