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Bradley Walsh presented with gold disc for debut album

Bradley Walsh became Britain’s biggest-selling debut artist of 2016, outselling former One Direction star Zayn Malik's solo effort.

British actor and presenter Bradley Walsh has earned a gold disc for his best-selling album Chasing Dreams.

Bradley, who is famously known as the presenter of British quiz show The Chase, has been presented with a gold disc for selling over 100,000 copies of his debut album.

The record is a collection of covers of songbook classics such as That’s Life and Mr Bojangles, which was released via Sony Music last November (16).

The 56-year-old Law and Order: UK star sold the impressive number of copies in just four weeks to become Britain’s biggest-selling debut artist of 2016, outselling former One Direction star Zayn Malik's solo debut and established stars such Biffy Clyro, Skepta and Tom Odell, to claim a spot in the top 10 of the official charts.

“I am totally blown away by this. Growing up, I was always in awe of anyone who received a gold disc,” Bradley gushed in a statement. "Thank you to everyone who took the time to listen to the album and especially to those who bought it.”

In an interview with The Guardian Bradley explained even he couldn't believe his album, the 57th bestselling of 2016, has outperformed the likes of Zayn’s.

His album was the only debut to go gold in 2016, partly because most album listening now takes place on streaming services. However, Bradley bucked the trend, due to the fact that the majority of his audience, which is mainly comprised of older listeners with mainstream tastes, is one of the few groups who will still pay for an album.

“I just laughed when I found out,” he smiled to The Guardian. “I thought it was hysterical. I am probably the oldest new artist Sony has ever signed. Niall Horan (Zayn’s former bandmate) was sending me messages, laughing his head off. And I got big congratulations from Simon Cowell. He thoroughly enjoyed it.”

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