Tulisa scores fastest selling debut smash hit of 2012 with Young
By Lauren Kreisler
Tulisa crowns a victorious week by today securing a debut solo Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart with Young, and lays her hands on her first Official Number 1 Award.
Earlier this week the N-Dubz singer and X Factor judge scooped FHM’s Sexiest Woman In The World gong, and today goes one even better as she scores a chart topping smash hit with new solo single Young, and claims an Official Number 1 Award from the Official Charts Company.
The highest new entry of the week, Tulisa has racked up an impressive first week tally of nearly 122,000 copies, which makes Young the second fastest selling single of 2012 so far. DJ Fresh & Rita Ora still hold the overall record this year with 128,000 sales of Hot Right Now in its first week on sale back in February.
“Congratulations to Tulisa on scoring a Number 1 with Young - especially given that she has also racked up the fastest selling debut single of the year so far,” comments Martin Talbot, the Official Charts Company’s Managing Director. “It’s a fantastic start to her solo career and a deserving recipient of the Official Number 1 Award!”
Tulisa is pictured today back stage at Britian’s Got Talent in London with her Official Number 1 Award – the new award scheme launched by the Official Charts Company and BBC Radio 1 in what is the 60th anniversary year of the Official Singles Chart. The new brushed aluminium trophy is now presented to artists to mark the special achievement of a Number 1 single on the UK’s Official Singles Chart.
Tulisa ends Carly Rae Jepsen’s four-week stint at Number 1 and manages to equal N-Dubz bandmate Dappy who also scored a chart topper with his debut solo material last summer. However, the track, which was co-written by Tulisa’s ex-boyfriend and N-Dubz bandmate Fazer, wasn’t originally intended for her.
"It was one of those ones I heard in the studio, and I was like, 'I have to have this song’,” she revealed in an interview with BBC Radio 2. “It was meant for someone else, I'm not going to say who it was meant for, who they pictured it for, but I nicked it!”
"They didn't even get a chance to pitch it to the [other singer],” she added. “It wasn't even finished and I was like, 'I'm having that song, give it to me!’."
Carly Rae Jepsen has now slipped into second place but still with a high sale of over 80,000 in Call Me Maybe’s fifth week on chart. Fun and Janelle Monae’s We Are Young is a non-mover at 3, while former chart toppers Cover Drive debut at Number 4 with their new track, Sparks. Alex Clare’s Too Closeclimbs yet another place this week to achieve its highest chart position to date at Number 5.New entries and high climbers
Tulisa (1) and Cover Drive (4) lead six new entries on the Official Singles Chart today. Rihanna’s Where Have You Been is at 21, followed by Sub Focus FT Alice Gold at 23 with Out The Blue, with Avicii’s Silhouettes at 26 and Flux Pavilion’s Daydreamer at 39.
However, talent show contestant Tyler James’ performance on The Voice last weekend sends James Vincent McMorrow’s 2011 release Higher Love, shooting up 125 places into the Top 40 at Number 37.