Hear'Say's "Pure And Simple" (Polydor) retained the No. 1 position on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (March 25). "It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent (MCA) made an unusual retu

Hear'Say's "Pure And Simple" (Polydor) retained the No. 1 position on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (March 25). "It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent (MCA) made an unusual return climb from No. 3 to No. 2, while Stereophonics scored the highest new entry with "Mr. Writer" (V2) at No. 5. The only other arrival in the top-10 was Craig David's "Rendezvous" (Wildstar) at No. 8.

As it did last week with Daft Punk's Virgin set "Discovery," Eva Cassidy's posthumous "Songbird" (Blix Street/Hot) fended off another high profile debut on the U.K. album chart. "Songbird" held at No. 1, forcing Manic Street Preachers' "Know Your Enemy" (Epic) to settle for a No. 2 entry.

Billy Joel's "The Ultimate Collection" (Columbia) arrived at No. 4, while another American chart veteran, Lionel Richie, moved up four places to No. 6 with his current Mercury album, appropriately titled "Renaissance." Hear'Say's debut album, "Popstars" looks sure to challenge for No. 1 next week, as Polydor has shipped a reported 600,000 copies of the set, due out today (March 26).

"It Wasn't Me," which is still No. 1 in Holland and Belgium, moves 2-1 on the Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for the March 31 issue, while Dido's "No Angel" (Cheeky/Arista) stays atop the European Top 100 Albums chart for a sixth week.