Our own Jahmene is top of the pops

Jahmene Douglas

Jahmene Douglas

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POP sensation Jahmene Douglas fought off strong competition to land top spot in the Official Chart with his debut album this weekend.

The 23-year-old Swindon singer, who rose to stardom as the runner-up in last year’s X-Factor, launched his debut album at his former workplace Asda Walmart last Monday and last night knocked Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines off its perch.

Jahmene had opened up a narrow lead at the top of the artist albums’ midweek chart with Love Never Fails, which features covers of Beyonce’s Halo, Whitney Houston’s The Greatest Love Of All with his X Factor mentor Nicole Scherzinger and David Guetta’s Titanium – his first single.

On Wednesday he was only a few thousand sales ahead of Blurred Lines, which was at number one for one week but dropped to two in the midweek chart, while rap titan JAY Z’s Magna Carta fell to third.

Announcing the news on BBC Radio One’s Official Chart Show Dan, from the network’s Dan And Phil Show, said: “The number one is Jahmene Douglas, the runner up on last year’s X-Factor with a gospel album made up of covers.

“He was worried it was not going to work with those but it has. Nicole would be proud. Well done.”

Due to X-Factor contract rules, all the songs on Jahmene’s album had to be cover versions, or gospel interpretations as he prefers to call them, but the album did not receive a warm welcome from national critics, who said he had tackled songs that were too big.

The soul star, who was unearthed at a Swindon Talent competition in 2010, said he was delighted it had gone down much better with fans.

Earlier this week he told the Adver: “Coming out of the X Factor I couldn’t make an artist album straight away, but this album gets my name out there. “My second album will be more my stuff because I do write a lot of stuff.”

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9:12pm Sun 28 Jul 13

Wiltshirereader says...

Fantastic news, many congratulations to Jahmene - a great achievement and very well deserved!!!
Fantastic news, many congratulations to Jahmene - a great achievement and very well deserved!!! Wiltshirereader
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12:16pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Alan B'stard says...

Yeah well done Jahmene.

Haters gonna hate!

Jahmene's album of original material of songs he has written himself is awesome.
Yeah well done Jahmene. Haters gonna hate! Jahmene's album of original material of songs he has written himself is awesome. Alan B'stard
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2:36pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Sallylynn66 says...

Absolutely thrilled for him and well done to him for donating the proceeds to the charity that means so much to him and his family.
To be honest had he been given the correct song to sing in the final of the X-Factor he might of stood a better chance of winning that too! However, historically, the runner-up tends to have more longevity in the business than the winner.
I have met him in the past well before his fame and he is genuinely a most caring, gentle and extremely talented young man. Well done and keep the music coming.
Absolutely thrilled for him and well done to him for donating the proceeds to the charity that means so much to him and his family. To be honest had he been given the correct song to sing in the final of the X-Factor he might of stood a better chance of winning that too! However, historically, the runner-up tends to have more longevity in the business than the winner. I have met him in the past well before his fame and he is genuinely a most caring, gentle and extremely talented young man. Well done and keep the music coming. Sallylynn66
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10:48pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Dosomethingmutley says...

I am not a fan of X Factor, however credit where credit is due. Jahmene has conducted himself admirably and comes across as a genuinely generous and talented young man. Well done indeed for topping the Album Charts, a feat not achieved by many other artists.
I am not a fan of X Factor, however credit where credit is due. Jahmene has conducted himself admirably and comes across as a genuinely generous and talented young man. Well done indeed for topping the Album Charts, a feat not achieved by many other artists. Dosomethingmutley
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