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Clifton musician Jake Bugg created history this afternoon by becoming the first ever Nottingham artist to reach number 1 in the official album charts. Despite competition from 2006 X-Factor winner Leona Lewis’ third studio album ‘Glassheart’ and Mumford & Sons, the 18 year old from Clifton secured the No. 1 album position with his eponymous début album.
Jake was number one by a mere 4,000 copies from Leona in the mid-week sales. Despite this, the Nottingham community rallied and the city is now, thanks to a strong community effort, celebrating its first ever number one album. Jake seemed to be taken back by the announcement: “I didn’t imagine that it would get in the top ten, never mind No. 1″ he admitted, adding “it’s mad, isn’t it?” Jake also seemed to be very grateful for the way that the Nottingham community has united behind the release: “The whole city has got behind it, been really supportive and I’m very grateful for that”.
Mark Del from Nusic, promoters of the Nottingham music scene, could barely contain his excitement earlier this week. He heralded the success of Jake Bugg as “an amazing achievement for Jake and incredibly exciting for Nottingham”. Reacting to the announcement this afternoon, Mark feels that Jake’s success “speaks volumes for the healthy state of Nottingham’s music scene”.
Various Nottingham public figures have been quick to react to the announcement with Lilian Greenwood, Labour MP for Nottingham South, calling it “great news for Clifton and Nottingham”.
Nottingham has come close to having a number one album in the past. Brit Award winners Stereo MCs reached number 2 in 1992, but their careers petered out after this. Additionally pop hit ‘Billy Don’t be a Hero’ was a number one single for Paper Lace, but they failed to turn this into long term success or album sales. Jake Bugg’s success could finally be the catalyst that puts Nottingham on the map musically.