Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine makes his Top 40 debut

Sales of his album At Least For Now have almost doubled...

It’s not all about Adele and Justin Bieber this week, as Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine celebrates his Top 40 debut for his album At Least For Now.

Since winning the coveted award last Friday (November 21), total sales of his debut album - released back in January - doubled to give him his first Top 40 entry at Number 37.

The Paris-born, London-based singer and multi-instrumentalist beat competitors like Aphex Twin, Florence & the Machine, Supergrass's Gaz Coombes, Roisin Murphy, Slaves and Wolf Alice to win the £20,000 prize.

"I'm so surprised, blown away, it's amazing," he said after his win. "I can't believe I'm standing there. I really look up to Antony Hegarty who won this in 2000. I just can't believe it."

Since Primal Scream picked up the first Mercury Prize prize in 1992 for their seminal Screamdelica album, 24 different artists have now won the Mercury prize; past winners have included PJ Harvey, Primal Scream, Elbow, The XX, Suede, Dizzee Rascal and Arctic Monkeys.

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Sampha (2017)