This week in 2001
1 It Wasn't Me Shaggy Feat Ricardo 'Rikrok' Ducent
2 Whole Again Atomic Kitten
3 Ms Jackson Outkast
4 Nobody Wants To Be Lonely Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera
5 I'm Like A Bird Nelly Furtado
6 Teenage Dirtbag Wheatus
7 Always Come Back To Your Love Samantha Mumba
8 So Why So Sad Manic Street Preachers
9 Found That Soul Manic Street Preachers
10 Paradise Kaci
Jamaican Shaggy's 'It Wasn't Me' sold over a million in the UK and Ireland and was also number one in the US and Australia. It helped his 'Hot Shot' album to sell over 5 million in 2001.
Of more interest to chart-watchers is the Manic Street Preachers double in this top ten from March 2001. The Welshmen's 'So Why So Sad' and 'Found That Soul' were released on the same day as first singles from their 'Know Your Enemy' album. Just 200 copies separated numbers 8 and 9 as most Manics fans bought both. The Brian Wilson-esque 'So Why So Sad' sounded nothing like anything alse on 'Know Your Enemy' and is probably loved and loathed in equal measure by fans. The CD single featured a remix of the song by Aussie outfit The Avalanches.
Pictured right is Dubliner Samantha Mumba whose 'Always Come Back To Your Love' was on its way down from a UK peak of No. 3 when this chart was published. It made number one in Ireland and would go on to rank 21 in the Irish end-of-year charts for 2001.
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