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Jamie Lawson beats mentor Ed Sheeran to top album chart


Jamie Lawson with his award (Official Charts.com/PA)

Jamie Lawson with his award (Official Charts.com/PA)

Jamie Lawson with his award (Official Charts.com/PA)

Ed Sheeran's protege Jamie Lawson has beaten his mentor to score this week's number one album.

Lawson was the first act signed to Sheeran's record label, Gingerbread Man Records, and his self-titled album has combined sales of almost double his nearest rival, Sheeran's own album x.

He told Officialcharts.com: "It's amazing. Thank you to the fans. I'm kind of new for most people so it's amazing how people have taken to me in such a warm, kind, loving way. I'm very grateful, thank you very much.

"It was the dream just to sell enough records to make another one, so to have it straight in at number one is just ridiculous. It's mental. I'm really over the moon with it and very grateful, obviously, to Ed Sheeran for signing me and putting his faith in my songs and not having any doubt in them at all."

Thinking Out Loud singer Sheeran has double the reasons to be proud as he celebrates the first success for his record label, because his album x has now clocked up 70 consecutive weeks in the album chart's Top 10.

Completing the Top 5 are John Newman's second album Revolve, new at number three, and Jess Glynne's I Cry When I Laugh, which slips a place to number four.

Peter Andre's 10th album Come Fly With Me gives the Strictly Come Dancing star a fifth Top 10 as he enters at number five.

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In the singles chart, elusive London producer KDA said it "feels great" to have beaten One Direction to the top spot with his tune Turn The Music Louder (Rumble).

The dance track, which has over 2,000 more sales than the four-piece's single Perfect, was originally released as an instrumental before being reworked with vocals from Tinie Tempah and Katy B.

KDA said: "It feels great - as if I've been competing with One Direction. The success of this record has happened all by itself - I had no idea what was going to happen when we put it out.

"I always wanted a singer and rapper on this track; and it feels like it's become one of those songs that people are allowed to like - which is just amazing!"

It is the first number one for the producer and for Katy B, but it serves as the seventh for rapper Tempah, his most recent being Not Letting Go with Glynne in July.

The Weeknd's The Hills is at number three, pushing Drake's Hotline Bling down to number four.

Justin Bieber's What Do You Mean secured an eighth stint as the most streamed track of the week with more than 2.51 million listens and rounded off the Top 5.

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