Eighteen-year-old Pixie Lott lands an historic first as her debut single Mama Do storms straight to number one, the Official Charts Company announces today.
It is the first time in UK chart history that a debut single from a solo female British artist has made its chart debut at number one, without coming through the reality TV route.
Pixie Lott trained at the Italia Conti stage school (where she was awarded a rare scholarship), clocked up West End appearances in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and recorded with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.
But her record-breaking journey took off at the age of 14 when the schoolgirl from Essex answered an ad in The Stage ‘seeking the next pop diva’. Two years later she had herself a management deal with US-based DAS Communications (Black Eyed Peas, Fergie). Next, after a worldwide bidding war, she had her record deal (with Mercury in the UK and Interscope in the US).
Pixie’s ambitions? To keep writing songs and “to sing for ever and ever and ever”. Achieving them looks to be a formality.
In the Official Albums Chart, Leicester-based, electro-punk, psychedelic-rockers Kasabian make it a second number one with their third album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
Kasabian first burst onto the public consciousness with their double platinum eponymous debut in 2006. Their follow-up Empire (2006) went straight to number one and has sold close to a million copies.
West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum was written by Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno and co-produced by Pizzorno and Dan the Automator (Gorrillaz, DJ Shadow).
Kasabian are: Tom Meigham (vocals) Serge Pizzorno (guitar), Chris Edwards (bass) and Ian Matthews (drums)
Kasabian are currently on a 20-date nationwide tour of the UK including nine stadium shows with Oasis. They will also be supporting Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury.
Pixie Lott’s second single Boys and Girls is released on August 31st. Her debut album Turn It Up is out in September.
For further information contact:
Amy Howard, Official Charts Company.
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