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  Darius not worried if he doesn't make No 1
Updated 29 November 2002, 18.59
Darius talks to CBBC Newsround Lite
Darius Danesh has told us he's not worried if he doesn't make number one with his new single, Rushes.

He's up against Atomic Kitten, Sugababes and Daniel Bedingfield.

"If it gets into the top 10 then I'll be proud as punch. It's a very busy, saturated market - and I'm not worried about how well it does," said Darius.

Loser in love

Darius talks to CBBC Newsround Lite
He also told us the full story behind the song, which he wrote on the back of bus tickets when he was just 16 years old.

It's based on a girl who got on his bus two stops after him, and he fancied her so much he got a rush of blood to the head everytime he saw her.

But sadly for Darius there was no happy ending.

By the time he plucked up the courage to speak to her she'd left the country.

He said: "I got on the bus on the last day of school and she wasn't there.

"And when I asked around she'd disappeared off to Germany - her dad had got a job and she'd gone. I was gutted!"

'I'm no pop puppet'

Darius talks to CBBC Newsround Lite
The singer-songwriter wrote most of his new album, which is released on Monday.

  Who are Darius' influences? Click here to find out!

And he's pleased he's managed to stay in control of his career.

"I don't have to fit some marketing man's pop mould. I don't need to try and be a pop puppet," said Darius.

Darius's album Dive In is released on 2 December.

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