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22nd July 2001
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N'Sync pops in

The US boy group N'Sync makes its presence felt on the UK chart at No:9 with the song 'Pop'. They will take comfort in the success of 'Pop', particularly as the previous song 'This I Promise' peaked outside the Top 20 at No:21 in December. 'Pop' is co-written by Justin Timberlake and N'Sync's choreographer Wade Robson. Well, it is perhaps a coming of age for the group as they no longer have material churned out by the Swedish producers Cherion.

Robbie Williams takes a double single release to the top of the UK chart this week. The double for Robbie is through the songs 'Eternity/The Road To Mandalay'. Williams had taken a beating with his last single 'Let Love Be Your Energy' which only peaked in the chart at No:10 in April this year. To overcome market apathy a very good tactic was adopted for the current release. His label Chrysalis combined 'The Road To Mandalay' a track, taken from his current album 'Sing When Your Winning' with 'Eternity' - a brand new track and released it as a double A side single. 'Eternity', is a piano ballad coupled with a rather suggestive video clip that portrays Robbie's amorous advances towards the model learning to play snooker under his guidance.

For some reason or another the formula worked as the double A side single debuted at the No:1 position of the UK singles chart to give Robbie Williams his fourth chart topping song on home soil. Coincidentally it was exactly eight years ago this week that he as a member of Take That topped the chart with the song 'Pray' though in reality Gary Barlow did the song solo for the group.

Robbie Williams has come a long way. He now writes and co-writes his own material with Guy Chambers. Well he has one big hurdle and that is to take on the US scene.

Checking into the chart at No:2 is the song 'Purple Pills' by D12. It's a rap track that features guest rapper Eminem who happens to be a friend of the act. The song nearly had trouble with the monitors of the chart who found a free gift with one of the CD formats of the single in the market. It was nearly disqualified from the chart. Thanks to Interscope label officials the gift was removed and the single did still manage to make a place on the chart. D12 loves to court controversy. Their first single 'Shit On You' peaked at No:10 in March as it gave radio station problems with the title. Even the current single 'Purple Pills' did have problems. To enable it to be commercially released the track was called 'Purple Hills'.

The new entry at No:16 'I Don't Want A Lover' is by the group Texas. The song is indeed a re-release of a track by the group fronted by Sharleen Spiteri which originally peaked at No:8 in 1989. Today it is back as part of a promotion of the 'Greatest Hits' album by Texas. The song has been remixed to sound 2001-ish. Well we have already heard it on radio here and it gets the thumbs up signal. The UK market is still not very impressed with the new version though it did manage a Top 20 showing.

As the Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean continues to be treated at a rehabilitation clinic for anxiety, depression and alcoholism, their arch rivals N'Sync have sent their best wishes for his speedy recovery.

N'Sync made their concern public at a news conference on July 13, in Denver. Meanwhile, the management of the Backstreet Boys have issued a statement following the health condition of 23-year-old AJ McLean which postponed the groups' tour. The management says, BSB will resume their tour in Vancouver after McLean completes his 30 day rehabilitation programme.

A man named Wayne Jury who claims to have taken the belongings of the late Paula Yates from her Hastings home wants £40,000 for them. The Mirror in the UK said that Jury tried to sell the personal belongings to them but they refused to hand over any cash. Bob Geldof the ex-husband of the late TV presenter is believed to be very upset with Jury. He feels the man should give the items which include intimate things such as pictures of Paula and her late lover Michael Hutchence, bills, notes of her planned autobiography etc. Geldof wants the man to return them - and if he refuses will consider taking legal action.

Rumour has it that Bob the Builder plans to release a single in advance of Christmas. He is expected to release a cover version Lou Bega's 'Mumbo No:1' on September 3, the same day Michael Jackson is due to release a song titled 'Not Such An Innocent Girl'. Bob The Builder is a cartoon character who last year had a No:1 hit at Christmas called 'Can We Fix It?'.


By Yvonne Gulamhusein
Ramani Fernando and Michael Wijesuriya, two well-known names in the bridal business combine their expertise to present 'The Bride' on August 27 at the Colombo Hilton. This spectacular bridal show will feature some 40 bridals with not just brides in stunning creations, but bridegrooms, bridesmaids and the entire retinue taking the catwalk. Also lending their creative flair when it comes to the floral artistry at the show are Lucien De Silva, Mary Jayaratne and Flowers of Summer. The show is sponsored by Fashion Fabrics and Lalitha Jewellers.

Pictures for this preview of 'The Bride' were taken by Anuruddha Medawattegedera
Audrey models a full flared skirt in
panels with fully beaded bodice, to 
create a full skirt effect. 
Worn with a fingertip veil.
Mary Jayaratne created
her bouquet
Rozanne models a fully beaded
blouse with gold net skirt beaded
down the front. Worn with a 
turban in the same fabric.
Her bouquet was from
Flowers of Summer.
Natasha models a long sleeve
jacket worn with an 
organza saree re-worked
in zardosi, draped to
look like a skirt.
Her bouquet was created 
by Lucien DeSilva 

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