... Eiffel 65
Despite their french sounding name Eiffel 65 are in fact Italian. The group first hit the charts
with the Blue song in 1999 and looked then to be prime candidates to be one-hit wonders. However
the second single from Europop, Move Your Body, has also done well, debuting at no 3 in the UK on 13th February,
2000. The video follows the pattern of the previous with the band battling computer-generated aliens.
Singer Gianfranco Randone says he doesn't really believe in aliens but he does think people
from the future may come back in time to visit us...
Lyrics: Move Your Body (UK:3)
... Element 4
With not only the UK but the world gripped by Big Brother fever it's no surprise to see
the theme music to the British version debut high in the top 10. It lands at 4 on 3rd September.
Credited as by Element 4 the trance track is a Paul Oakenfold production. One of the
originators of the Ibiza scene, Oakenfold was listed in the 1999 Guinness Book of Records
as the world's highest paid DJ, with an (under-)estimated earning of quarter a million a year.
The video, given the success of the programme and the themes it conjures, is one of the most
boring of the year with endless views of windows.
... Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott debuts at no 10 with One Minute Man on August 12th, 2001. This follows
her first solo British top 10 hit Get Ur Freak On
on 22nd April which debuted at no 4. Missy has previously been to no 1 in the UK as collaborator on the first
non-Spice Girl track for Mel B, I Want You Back. An esteemed writer in the US R&B field,
Missy has worked with Whitney Houston, Aaliyah and Busta Rhymes amongst others. Her third solo
album Miss E . . . So Addictive is about to be released and the normally hometown-loving
girl, from Portsmouth, Virginia, promises to tour and promote more this time around. All the
tracks have been co-produced by long term partner Timbaland.
Lyrics: Get Ur Freak On (UK:4)
... Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Despite being a more mundane song, Murder On The Dancefloor equals Sophie Ellis
Bextor's previous solo best by debuting at no 2 on December 9th, 2001. Her first effort
Take Me Home was a hit back on August 19th. Murder however has a superior
video in which Sophie defeats all her competitors in a dance contest by playing dirty tricks.
I'm still not convinced the girl can dance at all... Sophie Ellis Bextor previously was lead
singer of indie band theaudience but since recording the vocal for Spiller's Groovejet which was
a British no 1 in August 2000, her music has veered more towards dance and pop. Sophie is the
daughter of ex-Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis.
Murder On The Dance Floor (UK:2),
Take Me Home (UK:2)
Only Time by Enya climbs to no 10 in the US on 10th November, 2001. The song is
taken from her last album A Day Without Rain and has been packaged with Silent
Night as a charity single for the International Association of Firefighters. Born in
County Donegal Enya began with her siblings in Clannad but soon embarked on her solo
career. Her second album was a massive international hit, with the lead single Orinoco
Flow becoming a surprise UK no 1. Enya has recently recorded two tracks for the Lord Of The Rings
film, which she sings in Sindarin, one of the languages created by Tolkien to flesh out the fantasy
world of Middle Earth.
Climbing to no 2 in the US on August 18th, 2001 is Let Me Blow Ya Mind from Eve featuring Gwen Stefani. The track is taken from her second album Scorpion and the video depicts the singers as bad girls about town. The first cut
from the album was Who's That Girl and that video featured a tiger and scorpion, suggesting that Eve is a dangerous animal herself.
Which of course she is - her first break came with Dr Dre after performing a rap in his face
without an audition. However it was with the Ruff Ryders that she recorded her first
album, appropriately called Ruff Ryder's First Lady. Madonna-like Gwen Stefani is lead singer of rock band No Doubt.
Who's That Girl (UK:6)
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