A 21-year-old newcomer named Daniel Bedingfield officially started his chart career at No. 1 when the new U.K. singles chart was released yesterday (Dec. 2), while Robbie Williams withstood a challeng

A 21-year-old newcomer named Daniel Bedingfield officially started his chart career at No. 1 when the new U.K. singles chart was released yesterday (Dec. 2), while Robbie Williams withstood a challenge from boy band Blue to continue his run on top of the album chart.

As was expected from mid-week sales data, Bedingfield's "Gotta Get Thru This" (Relentless) powered to the top in a week in which crossover dance music outshined mainstream pop. Bedingfield, now working on a debut album, is clearly enjoying his status as a new hot property: he told BBC Radio 1 last night that he is now deciding with whom to sign for the album, over which he said there is "a bit of a transatlantic bidding war."

Russian act PPK, meanwhile, achieved the highest placing for a Russian act in the history of the British singles chart with "ResurRection" (Perfecto), which debuted at No. 3. Pop contender Hear'Say slipped into fourth place with its new Polydor release "Everybody," while actress Kate Winslet came in at No. 6 with her Liberty/EMI ballad "What If," from the new animated version of "A Christmas Carol."

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell bowed at No. 7 with "Calling" (Chrysalis), while her labelmate Robbie Williams' "Swing When You're Winning" started a second week at the top of the album chart. Blue's "All Rise" (Innocent/Virgin) arrived in the runner-up spot and S Club 7's "Sunshine" (Polydor) debuted at No. 3.

While news of George Harrison's death came too late to make a major impact on the chart -- which takes in sales up through Saturday night at midnight -- the Beatles' "1" compilation (Parlophone) did re-enter the album tally at No. 73.

Williams' "Swing" set also debuts at No. 1 on Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums survey, with Mick Jagger?s "Goddess In the Doorway" (Virgin) new at No. 6. In a great European week for EMI and associated labels, Kylie Minogue's "Can?t Get You Out of My Head" (Parlophone) sits atop the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart for a 10th straight week.

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