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EASY AS 3-2-1 FOR BUSTED; Trio hit top spot at third attempt.

Byline: RICK FULTON EXCLUSIVE

IT'S third time lucky for Busted - who shot to No.1 yesterday with their third single, You Said No.

And the feat confirms they are fast becoming the biggest UK guitar trio, with each of their singles going one better place than the last.

Debut What I Go To School For went to No.3, Year 3000 reached No.2 and now the band are elated after scoring their first chart-topper.

Matt Jay told 192: "It's what we dreamed of. But it was still weird when we found out."

The trio - Matt, James Bourne and Charlie Simpson - thought Scots singer David Sneddon would clinch it with his second single, Don't Let Go.

Matt added: "We thought he'd walk it. Even when the midweeks said we were selling more than him, we still didn't really think we'd get to No.1

"But it's sinking in fast - it's absolutely fantastic and we want to thank everyone who bought the single.

"With the album being out for a while and doing so well, it's been amazing that people are still buying the singles. So we owe them a big thank-you."

The teenagers share a flat in Finchley, London, and we wouldn't like to have been their next-door neighbours last night.

But Matt insisted the celebrations would be muted.

He said: "We are going to have a little party but we won't be going wild as we are starting rehearsals for our tour on Monday morning."

It's been an amazing two years for Busted who did iT their way to get into the charts.

Londoner Matt, 19, had already put out a garage single (Sunshine Lover) when he met James, from Southend-on-Sea,at a gig.

Both guitarists and singers, the pair decided to form their own band.

They put an ad in the NME and posh boy Charlie ,who was only 16 at the time, replied. The band were formed in October 2001 and signed to Universal in March.

No television show or manufactured development for this lot.

Matt said: "There is a difference between manufactured bands and manufactured success. There are good manufactured bands out there - but I don't like this manufactured success.

"If you're from a TV show, everyone knows it's going to be No.1. I think it gives them an unfair advantage.

"We've had to build our success and the best proof of that is going from three to two and now to No.1. Our popularity just seems to be growing and growing.

"There are more fans waiting for us all the time."

Matt will meet David at this year's HEBS Live + Loud festival at Hampden Park on July 27, which also sees Blue, Liberty X and Mis-Teeq on the bill.

Before Live + Loud, Busted will be playing Glasgow's Clyde Auditorium on May 25.

Matt added: "We are going to write the second album while we are touring.

"We want to write the best second album ever."

The rate they Busted going, they just might.

Hadley's now a star reborn

FORMER Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley was crowned king of Reborn In The USA on Saturday in a final that turned into a grudge match.

The grand finale of the telly series climaxed live on ITV1 when Hadley, 42, out-performed ex-EastEnders star Michelle Gayle, 32.

But there was an underlying tension between the duo, with Michelle insulted by Hadley's assumption that pal Peter Cox, from Go West, would be in the final with him.

In footage shot hours prior to the show, Michelle said: "The air that Tony and Peter Cox gave off was that it was in the bag for them. It was presumptuous and arrogant."

Despite a court case which means Tony gets no royalties from Spandau, he sang the group's Through The Barricades in the final.

Carlyle set for gay sex shocker

ROBERT CARLYLE is set to star in a controversial film about snuff pornography.

The actor, who shot to fame as hardman Begbie in Trainspotting, will take the lead role in the movie adaptation of bestselling novel The Cutting Room. Carlyle will play gay auctioneer Rilke, who stumbles upon a set of pornographic photographs while clearing a dead man's house.

His quest to find the truth about the pictures leads him to uncover a dark world of snuff pornography - where people are killed for sexual pleasure.

In the book, the character enjoys a series of explicit gay sex scenes as he cruises around notorious homo- sexual pick-up spots in and around Glasgow.

Filming of the movie will begin in the city next year.

Christina shows off her dark side

WE thought Christina Aguilera had stopped copying Britney Spears - but it looks like the Dirrty girl is still dying to look like her pop rival.

The normally blonde singer turned up at an award ceremony in Hollywood with a long black ponytail. Only last week, Britney revealed a new cropped brown hairdo.

Although her cleavage-revealing corset-style white dress was classic over-the-top Christina, the dark look was a world away from her normal blonde tresses.

But why should Christina worry? The star, who plays Glasgow's SECC on October 28, is raking it in. She's just spent dollars 5million on a state-of- the-art home in the trendy Hollywood Hills.
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