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Monday, 27 March, 2000, 00:40 GMT
Mel C knocks Geri off the top
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Mel C: Third time lucky as a solo artist
Mel C has knocked Geri Halliwell off the top of the charts with her first solo number one.

Sporty Spice made it to the top slot with her third solo single, Never Be The Same Again, knocking Geri's Bag It Up into fourth place after a week-long reign.

Mel C said she was delighted by the chart position. "Hopefully it is the first of many," she said.

The single includes a guest appearance by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, from American group TLC.


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Geri performing Bag It Up
Mel said: "It has been great working with Lisa. Hopefully she will be jetting over next week to do some live performances."

Both of Mel's other solo hits, Northern Star and Goin' Down, only made it into the top five.

Her latest success means Sporty Spice has caught up with fellow Spice Girl Mel B, as they both now have sung on nine number ones.

But despite being knocked off the top this week, Geri Halliwell has had the biggest chart success for a Spice star.

She had seven number ones with the band and three on her own.

This is not the first time there has been a battle between Geri and the current line-up.

Last November, she managed to keep a single featuring Emma Bunton off the top of the charts.

She was gracious then, saying that choosing between the singles which were released on the same day was liking "choosing between parents".

Santana

Meanwhile, hippy guitar hero Carlos Santana went in at number three in Sunday's chart.

It marks the latest stage in his recent comeback, including winning eight Grammy awards for recent album Supernatural.

His current single, Smooth, came in just behind club duo Moloko with The Time is Now at number two.

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