Atomic Kitten yesterday (Feb. 25) extended its astonishing run on top of the U.K. singles chart, as "Whole Again" (Innocent/Virgin) began a fourth week at the top. The female trio's hit fended off the

Atomic Kitten yesterday (Feb. 25) extended its astonishing run on top of the U.K. singles chart, as "Whole Again" (Innocent/Virgin) began a fourth week at the top. The female trio's hit fended off the challenge of OutKast's "Ms. Jackson" (LaFace/Arista), which rose to the top of Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles (ending Eminem's 11-week reign with the Interscope single "Stan") but entered the U.K. chart at No. 2.

"Whole Again" also showed a week-on-week sales increase for the third straight week, the first time a reigning No. 1 has achieved that feat since Michael Jackson's "Earth Song," which was at the top for six weeks in late 1995 and early 1996.

Industry observers believe Atomic Kitten's run is likely to stop here, as Shaggy's U.S. No. 1 "It Wasn't Me" is finally released in the U.K. by MCA today (Feb. 26). The Manic Street Preachers' simultaneous singles "So Why So Sad" and "Found That Soul" are also in stores today on Epic.

Four other prominent U.K. hitmakers enjoyed top-10 debuts but were unable to stop the "Whole Again" phenomenon. Samantha Mumba's "Always Come Back To Your Love" (Wild Card/Polydor) entered at No. 3, following the No. 2 peak of her debut hit "Gotta Tell You" and a No. 5 for the follow-up "Body II Body."

Spice Girl Melanie B's "Feels So Good" (Virgin) arrived at No. 5, one place lower than October's "Tell Me," while boy band A1 came in at No. 6 with "No More," after they scored consecutive No. 1s last year with "Take On Me" and "Same Old Brand New You." R&B/pop favorite Dane Bowers opened at No. 9 with "Shut Up (And Forget About It)" on Northwestside/Arista.

New at No. 10 was "The Lady Boy Is Mine" by Stuntmasterz on East West, a club crossover which blends elements of Brandy & Monica's 1998 hit "The Boy Is Mine" and Modjo's No. 1 from last September, "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)."

While Dido's "No Angel" (Arista) spends another week atop the U.K. album chart, Eva Cassidy grabbed the real headlines on that survey. The late vocalist's 1998 compilation "Songbird," a longtime sleeper success which broke into the official top-75 four weeks ago, leapt 18-3. The Blix Street album, released by indie label Hot in Britain, has had consistent support from BBC Radio 2 and, more recently, the BBC2 TV series "TOTP2."

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