Britney Spears' come-back single fails to take top spot

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LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) Troubled US singer Britney Spears' come-back single went straight into the top ten of the British charts, but failed to take the top spot, theOfficial UK Charts ompany said.

Dance track ''Gimme More'' entered the listings at number three, but girl band Sugababes managed to hold on to the top spot again yesterday with ''About You Now''.

Spears' single is the first to be released from her fifth album -- the first new music from the pop star since 2003.

The singer has had a tumultuous time of late, which has resulted in her losing custody of her children.

A family court official suspended her visitation rights with her two young sons earlier this week until the pop star complies with all of a commissioner's orders.

Court papers showed on Thursday that Spears has been barred from seeing her boys, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, with ex-husband Kevin Federline, who was earlier granted custody of them.

Spears, 26 and Federline, 29, split up a year ago after two years of marriage and since then her life has appeared to veer out of control despite a stint in rehab.

The pair have been embroiled in a bitter custody dispute, and the singer has been ordered to get coaching on parenting skills, seek counselling and undergo random drug testing.

Los Angeles County Commissioner Scott Gordon has said evidence showed she was a frequent user of ''controlled substances and alcohol''.

Elsewhere in the British charts, Welsh rockers Stereophonics went straight into the top of the album charts with their eagerly-awaited sixth studio album.

The band, Kelly Jones, Richard Jones and Javier Weyler, took number one with ''Pull the Pin'' -- their first release in two years.

That knocked the Sugababes' album ''Change'' into second place after just one week at number one.

The Stereophonics have released five hit albums, scored 20 top 20 hits, racked up multi-million sales and toured relentlessly in the eight years from 1997 to 2005.

After a well-deserved hiatus in 2006, they returned to the studio in Ireland to record their latest hit late last year.


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