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Boyzone will stay together

Boyzone will remain as a group. That's the official version from the group's record company. The announcement was made on January 12 ending months of speculation about the band's future. The media was agog about the Irish group's possible demise with the release of the single 'Every Day I Love You' which peaked at No.3 in late December.

The Irish act fronted by Ronan Keating has been around since 1994 scoring five No. 1 songs in the UK alone. They have also won many music awards.

Celebrations are over and it's business as usual for the UK chart as it get backs to life.

Screaming their way straight to No.1 are the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers with their long awaited release 'Masses Against The Classes'. In true old Labour style (as one understands a little bit of the lyrics) the band keep the red flag high as they battle to bring down the people who control things. The song when compared to the Westlife double A side single, is an absolute eye opener. It races along at a fairly high speed, very typical of a Manic Street Preachers song. Rock fans will no doubt, like the song.

For the Manic Street Preachers 'Masses Against The Classes' is just their second chart topping song in the UK. Ever since they began in 1991 these Welshmen have been improving. Their best year was 1996 when 'Design For Life', 'Everything Must Go' , 'Kevin Carter' and 'Australia' all peaked inside the top 10. In August 1998, MSP recorded their first No.1 in the UK with 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next'.

Donnel Jones is a new ar- tiste who checks into the chart at No. 2 with the song 'U know What's Up'. In reality, though Donnel has been around for a while. The bespectacled Afro- American who hails from Chicago has been producing and writing songs for other artistes such as Silk, Madonna and TLC among others. Now he has decided to go solo and has debuted very well firstly in the US where 'U Know What's Up' peaked at No.7 at the end of December. Crossing the Atlantic, Donnel combines Eighties style soul with a little rap thanks to Left Eye of TLC fame. 'U Know What's Up' hits the UK singles chart at No.2.

Rainbow Country' is the latest old Bob Marley song to come out of the late reggae king's catalogue. As usual giving it that European dance flavour is the DJ Funkstar Delux. He performed or mixed well despite criticism in some quarters on the previous Bob Marley release 'Sun is Shining'. The song was apparently well received and went to No.3 in September. The new release brings the late Bob Marley back into the chart at No.11. Funkstar Delux is due to release an album called 'Keep On Movin' shortly.

Justin is a 16-year-old teen- ager from Glasgow, Scotland. This week he makes his debut in the UK chart with 'Let It Be Me' at No. 15. The former football player who turned out for the Celtic Boys in Glasgow covers the old Everly Brothers classic first released in the UK in 1960. Forty years ago the song peaked at No.13. Young Justin may find it difficult to emulate that feat, but he like many other artistes of today has revived yet another hit from the past.

Gary Glitter, the rock star of the Seventies was released from prison on January 11, after serving half of his four month sentence for possessing over 4000 indecent pictures of children. He said he was sad at what he had done and had paid the price for it. Glitter said he wanted to be left alone. Now reportedly without a singing career, he is rumoured to be making plans to leave England to settle down elsewhere.

Gary Barlow, the ex-Take That leader has married his longtime girl friend Dawn Andrews. The couple tied the knot on January 12th in a secret civil ceremony in the West Indies.


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