Thursday 25 December 2014

Will.i.am straight in at number one

Published 13/07/2014 | 19:13

Will.i.am has racked up his 10th UK number 1
Will.i.am has racked up his 10th UK number 1

Rapper and producer Will.i.am has every reason to party like it's his birthday - his new single has gone straight in at the top of the charts to give him his 10th UK number one.

It's My Birthday, featuring 17-year-old American singer Cody Wise, tops the pile 11 years after The Voice judge's first number one, 2003's Black Eyed Peas hit Where Is The Love,

He knocked reigning chart queens Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea down to two with Problem, while Ella Henderson also slides one to number three with Ghost, according to the Official Chart Company.

The pop star now has five solo number one singles in Britain, the same as he has with the Black Eyed Peas.

The Vamps climb 35 places to number four with Somebody To You, with the British boyband receiving a massive sales boost following the release of a re-recorded version featuring US X Factor star Demi Lovato.

In the album chart, summer festival staple Ed Sheeran's X kept Futurology by veteran rockers the Manic Street Preachers off the top.

Singer-songwriter Sheeran's album has topped the chart for three weeks since it was released in June, selling more than 327,000 copies, according to the Official Chart Company.

Further down the chart Nicola Benedetti's Homecoming entered at 19 to make her the first British classical violinist to crack the UK Top 20 since Vanessa Mae in 1995.

Scottish fiddler Benedetti, who will perform at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, said: "I am absolutely thrilled to have reached the Top 20, not something a classical artist ever expects.

"This is a deeply personal recording - inspired by Bruch's Scottish Fantasy the project took me deep into the heart of Scottish culture.

"I hope the music, in all its diversity, is providing some uplift and pleasure."

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