Eminem Raps Way to Top of British Charts

By | May 28, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Controversial pop artist Eminem rapped his way to No. 1 in Britain’s pop charts Sunday, knocking manufactured group Liberty X off the top spot after just one week.

The American rapper’s single “Without Me” beat off stiff competition from the likes of boy band Westlife to go straight in at No. 1, according to figures from the Official UK Charts Company.

Liberty X, comprising finalists from the hit show “Popstars” and once dubbed “flopstars” by the British press, fell to No. 2 with “Just a Little.”

Liverpudlian all-girl group Atomic Kitten proved no match for Eminem, entering the chart at No. 3 with their latest single “It’s OK,” while Irish boyband Westlife managed No. 5 with new release “Bop Bop Baby.”

Ronan Keating was at No. 4 with “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” while Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias dropped three places to sixth with “Escape.”

Garage singer Naomi McLean-Daley, AKA Ms Dynamite, entered the chart at No. 7 with her debut track “It Takes More.”

Belgian dance act Ian Van Dahl shot up the chart from 176 to eighth with “Reason.”

“What’s Luv” by Fat Joe featuring Ashanti dropped five places to nine, followed by Australian soap star Holly Valance clinging on to her place in the top 10 with “Kiss Kiss.”

Jessica Garlick, who came third for Britain in Saturday’s Eurovision song contest, dropped four places to 17 with “Come Back.”

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