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Music by Miles

Robbie compelled to settle for second best

Robbie WilliamsThe UK's biggest and most popular male artiste at the moment is Robbie Williams. Still Robbie had to settle for 2nd place this week as his duet 'Kids' with Kylie Minogue locked into the chart behind U2's 'Beautiful Day.' Both Williams and Minogue have been sporting raunchy images of themselves in their respective video clips, Robbie in 'Rock DJ' while Kylie in 'Spinning Around' and 'On A Night Like This'. Robbie and Kylie deliver the track 'Kids' very well in a semi romantic atmosphere. The song itself does not bring out the lovers' delight as it is more a mid up mild tempo track. The release is actually credited Robbie Williams, as it his turn to release a single from the album 'Sing When You're Winning'. The last single from the album 'Rock DJ', hit No. 1 in August. Kylie's last single 'On A Night Like This' was out last month. 

The music of U2 is back. The Irish rock band fronted by Bono has returned to the UK singles chart taking the No.1 slot this week with the song 'Beautiful Day'. If you were peeved with the material this band produced over the last few years, take heart for 'Beautiful Day' spells more guitar work coupled with a trendy pop flavour. The current single is more or less vintage U2 which is taken from the band's new album 'You Can't Leave Behind'.

Success for U2 comes amidst the campaign front man Bono leads for "Jubilee 2000', which is trying hard to get the rich countries to clear the debts of the Third World. In September he brought his campaign to the UN in New York ahead of the Millennium Summit of World Leaders.

U2 as we all know is one of the Irish Republic's biggest exports. The band comprising Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen led the way taking the UK charts by storm in the late Eighties. Then came the other names like Boyzone, Westlife, B'witched, The Corrs and The Cramberries. For U2, 'Beautiful Day' is the 4th No.1 song in the UK. 'Discotheque' was the last chart topper back in February 1997.

Last week's chart champions was the All Saints. They secured the top spot with a song called 'Black Coffee.' The single is taken from the all-girl band's new album called 'All Saints & Sinners'. 'Black Coffee' follows the girls' previous single 'Pure Shores' to No.1 in February this year. That song was produced by William Orbit and also featured on the soundtrack of the movie "The Beach". 

Whitney Houston and Enrique Iglesias teamed up on the Latin/Soul track 'Could I Have This Kiss Forever?'. It popped into the chart last week at No.7 but dropped to No.9 this week. The duet is taken from Whitney's Greatest Hits album. She was banking on the success of Latin fever that hit the dance floors last year. One singer who became a star as a result of Latin fever was Enrigue Iglesias. But this trend has moved away and for Whitney Houston it was a big gamble. Nevertheless the two stars coming together on the song was noteworthy.

The one time bodygurad of Victoria and David Beckham has come out to spell out how it was to work with the couple has been published in a British Sunday tabloid. The man said it was hell working with the couple. Victoria who is a member of the Spice Girls will be in action next week as the girls release their long awaited single.


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