Emma's No Baby On U.K. Singles Chart

Emma Bunton, the artist sometimes known as Baby Spice, went straight to No. 1 in the U.K. singles chart yesterday (April 8) with "What Took You So Long" (Virgin), making her the fourth of the five ori

Emma Bunton, the artist sometimes known as Baby Spice, went straight to No. 1 in the U.K. singles chart yesterday (April 8) with "What Took You So Long" (Virgin), making her the fourth of the five original Spice Girls to score a solo British chart-topper.

Bunton had previously reached the top last November on the track "What I Am" with U.K. dance outfit Tin Tin Out. Her first solo album, "A Girl Like Me," follows next Monday (April 16) and features contributions from Canadian rocker Bryan Adams, hot U.S. producers Rodney and Fred Jerkins, and others.

Only Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, has failed to make the grade on the singles chart so far, with her only effort to date, Truesteppers' summer 2000 hit "Out Of Your Mind" (on which she guested with Dane Bowers), reaching No. 2.

The U.K. chart otherwise had a rather quiet week, with only seven new entries in the top-40. American teenage rapper Lil' Bow Wow arrived at No. 6 with "Bow Wow (That's My Name)" (So So Def/Columbia). Also debuting was Elvis Presley, who opened at No. 15 with a live version of his 1969 favorite "Suspicious Minds." It's the King's first time in the U.K. top-20 since a reissue of "Always On My Mind" went to No. 13 in May 1997.

Hear'Say's "Popstars" (Polydor) spent a second week at the top of the U.K. album chart, where the top-5 was unchanged. The Bee Gees had the highest new entry, also on Polydor, at No. 6 with "This Is Where I Came In," almost 34 years after the Gibb brothers first appeared on the survey with "Bee Gees First" in August 1967. The new set is their 11th U.K. top-10 album in their own name. LeAnn Rimes' "I Need You" (Curb/London) also took a top-10 bow yesterday, at No. 7.

Across Europe, it's now three weeks at No. 1 for "It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy featuring Ricardo "RikRok" Ducent (MCA) and eight for Dido's "No Angel" (Cheeky/Arista) on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles and the European Top 100 Albums, respectively. Crazy Town's "Butterfly" (Columbia) jumps 9-2 on the singles survey and the Hear'Say set is the top arrival, at No. 10, on the European album chart.