Geri 'thrilled' at solo number one
Geri Halliwell has returned to
the pop heights she knew
as a Spice Girl by scoring her first solo number one.
The 27-year-old's second solo
single, Mi Chico Latino,
ousted Irish boy band Westlife from the top spot,
outselling them by two to one.
Critics had written the singer
off, suggesting she would
fail to chart highly after her first solo single, Look at Me,
was held off the top of the charts by Boyzone earlier this
She said: "I am chuffed to
bits and can't express how
excited I am.
"I am very grateful to everyone
who has supported me
and am thrilled that people like my music."
But experts believe that sales
of Mi Chico Latino have
benefited from pop fans' enthusiasm for Latino beats.
Chart expert Jason Legg, from
the HMV record shop
chain, said: "I think it's a case of perfect timing for Geri
with this record because Britain is going Latino crazy at
"We've had Ricky Martin in
the charts and there has
been lots of airplay for Enrique Iglesias and Lou Bega.
"It's exactly the right time
for her to put out a song like
As Ginger Spice, Geri featured
on seven of the Spice
Girl's eight number ones, the last being Viva Forever,
released after she quit the band.