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Double firsts for London acts Wretch 32 and Nero


Tottenham born rapper and grime artist Wretch 32 and North West London production duo Nero make it a double of firsts this week as Wretch 32 lands his first number one in the Official Singles Chart with Don’t Go featuring Josh Kumra and Nero nails number one in the Official Albums Chart with debut album Welcome Reality.

Both acts can rightly claim 2011 as their breakthrough year, each featuring in the BBC’s prestigious “Sound of 2011” poll at the end of last year, and going on to top the Official Charts after a number of hit singles.

For Wretch 32, aka 26-year-old Jermaine Scott, Don’t Go follows previous Official Singles hits Traktor featuring L (number 5, January 2011) and Unorthodox feat Example (number 2, April 2011).  Widely regarded as the MC’s MC and lauded by fellow artists Tinie Tempah, Professor Green and Devlin, Wretch 32 is also known as The Metaphor Man for his innovative and poetic style.

On reaching the summit with his third single, Wretch 32 said:

“To be honest if someone told me this was going to happen this time last year, I probably would have laughed. I would have thought they were winding me up.”

Wretch 32’s album Black & White is released today.  He embarks on his nationwide headline tour this autumn.

The Official Singles Chart Top 10 sees another two new entries this week giving an all new look to the Official Singles Top 3 with Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé straight in at number two with her debut single Heaven and American pop-rock band Maroon 5 straight in at number three with Moves Like Jagger featuring Christina Aguilera, their fourth Top 10 single.

Nero (aka Dan Stephens and Joe Ray), at the top of the Official Albums Chart,  are the only UK act to go straight to number one with a debut album this year so far and the first to do so since Tinie Tempah’s debut album Disc-Overy debuted at number one in October last year.  Nero’s fourth single Promises was last week’s Official Singles Chart number one and followed previous hit singles Me & You (number 15, January 2011) and Guilt (number eight, April 2011).

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 sees two new entries: ex-Busted and Fightstar front man Charlie Simpson is straight in at number six with his solo debut Young Pilgrim and iconic 70s country star John Denver, who died in a plane crash in 1997, returns to the charts with The Ultimate Collection straight in at number seven.  The former Official Albums Chart number two hit No More Idols by production duo Chase & Status is a re-entry at number nine up from last week’s number 12.

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Notes to Editors
1.   Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to The Official Charts Company
2.  The Official Charts Company (OCC) is a joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association.   The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association).
3. The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.
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