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Grime star Stormzy scores his first UK no.1 single


LONDON: Grime artiste Stormzy scored his first No. 1 in the UK singles charts on Friday, beating US songstress Taylor Swift to the top spot.

“Vossi Bop”, which features a cameo appearance from actor Idris Elba in its music video, is the London-born rapper’s first single since 2017’s “Gang Signs & Prayer”, which topped the UK album charts.

The Official Charts Company said in a statement “Vossi Bop” had 12.7 million listens, allowing Storzmy to claim “the biggest week of streams ever for a rapper — smashing the previous figure set by Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’ by over two million — and the fifth biggest streaming week of all time”.

“Words don’t really do it justice. I’m genuinely, for once in my life, speechless,” Stormzy said in a statement, thanking his fans.

Stormzy, who will perform at June’s Glastonbur­y music festival, pushed down last week’s no.1 — “Old Town Road” by American rapper Lil Nas X — to no.2 while Grammy Award winner Swift’s pop duet “ME!” went into the charts at no.3.

American pop singer Pink topped the UK album charts with “Hurts 2B Human”.

 ?? — oeuters file photo ?? ptormzy performs at the 201T Brit AwardsK
— oeuters file photo ptormzy performs at the 201T Brit AwardsK

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