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OFF THE RECORD; Atomic Kitten beat U2 to the top slot.

Byline: SEAN HAMILTON

ATOMIC Kitten celebrated a victory for pop over rock yesterday as they notched up their first chart No1.

The trio were crying with laughter after it was revealed Whole Again sold 27,000 more than U2's single.

But the joke was on Popstars reject Darius Danesh as the girls watched his first public performance since leaving the show.

OTR was with Natasha Hamilton and Liz McClarnon at a celebrity five-a-side football tournament when the good news came through.

Band mate Jenny Frost arrived late, recovering from a root canal operation on a tooth.

Darius kicked off the proceedings by singing the National Anthem at Crystal Palace Indoor Arena, London.

The Scot played it straight with his version of God Save The Queen.

But he went on to tell the crowd how TV bosses had wrongly made him seem "cocky and arrogant".

And he revealed he'll be chopping off his long brown hair to raise money for Edinburgh's Sick Kids hospital.

But he still suffered taunts from the commentator and players.

The Royle Family star Ralph Little got the biggest laugh when he impersonated Darius singing Britney Spears' Baby One More Time.

With Darius back in the dressing room Natasha reflected on getting to the top of the charts. She said: "I've dreamt about getting a No1 since I was a kid - I can't believe it.

"Liz is hyper, but I'm going to be crying all day. That's why I'm wearing these sunglasses."

Although new girl Jenny replaced pregnant Kerry Katona two weeks ago, Atomic Kitten insist all four girls will share their chart glory.

Natasha explained: "We're having a proper party on Thursday and Kerry's going to come too.

"Atomic Kitten is about three equal personalities. But this single is about four people, because Kerry sings on this track. We're all celebrating."

1 Atomic Kitten - Whole Again

2 U2 - Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of

3 Mya - Case of the Ex

4 Limp Bizkit - Rollin'

5 Planet Funk - Chase The Funk

6 Usher - Pop Ya Collar

7 Dr Dre feat Snoop Dogg - The Next Episode

8 Ash - Shining Light

9 Fragma feat Maria Rubia - Everytime You Need Me

10 Rui Da Silva Feat Cassandra - Touch Me

New club DJ is Becks on the decks

DAVID BECKHAM is to pocket pounds 30,000 when he makes his debut as a DJ next Saturday.

Becks will play for just half an hour to VIP punters at the Tonic club night at Sanctuary in Milton Keynes, earning a staggering pounds 1000 a minute.

In the main room, top DJs such as Boy George, Alex P and Brandon Block will play.

Promoter Chris Brown said: "Beckham has often spoken about DJing. We know he's quite shy, so we thought the VIPs should be the ones to hear him.

"And when you've got people like Brandon and George, they're bound to give some him some tips."

Hannibal is sicker than ever

HANNIBAL "The Cannibal" Lecter is back, in a graphic and gruesome sequel to The Silence of the Lambs that will terrify and sicken audiences.

British director Ridley Scott, fresh from Gladiator glory, has crafted a suspense-filled, stomach-churning thriller.

The violence and gore, it has to be said, is extreme.

In one scene, Anthony Hopkins' Lecter and FBI Agent Clarice Starling, played by Julianne Moore after Jodie Foster decided the sequel was too repulsive, tuck in to a banquet of human brains.

Fortunately, there is humour to lighten the more intense scenes. "I think it helps to keep an open mind," purrs Hannibal, removing the top of a victim's head.

Hannibal is out on February 16, with special Valentine's Day previews on February 14.

Actor William Shatner was groped by a gorilla while shooting an advert highlighting endangered species. The animal-loving Star Trek hero tried to put the ape at ease by telling her "I love you." The gorilla responded by grabbing his crotch.
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