Craig David cements comeback with first number one album for 16 years


Craig David has cemented his comeback with his first number one album in 16 years.

The 7 Days singer's debut album, Born To Do It, topped the charts in 2000 - and sold seven million copies around the world.

But Craig, 35, faded into relative obscurity.

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Craig's debut album sold seven million copies (Ian West/PA)

Now his sixth album, Following My Intuition, has claimed this week's Number One.

"I don't know what's going on right now," the singer told the Official Charts Company.

"The last Number One that I had was with Born To Do It 16 years ago, so to have another and to share it with so many amazing people - it's surreal.

"I'm seeing two generations connecting - the people who have been with me since 1999 and the crew who are just discovering me, both connecting on the same music, it's the most amazing feeling. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart."

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Craig became a figure of fun thanks to comedian Leigh Francis' caricature after his initial popularity (Ian West/PA)

This week's top five is completed by indie folk band Bon Iver's album 22, A Million at number two, followed by British country band The Shires with My Universe.

The Shires' stars Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes said that they were "overwhelmed" to discover they had notched up the fastest-selling UK country album of all time, with nearly 14,500 copies sold this week.

"Being told you have the fastest-selling British country album ever and also landing a top three record is incredible," they said.

Van Morrison is at number four with Keep Me Singing, followed by Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool.

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Niall Horan's new song missed out on the top five (Yui Mok/PA)

In the Official Singles Chart, James Arthur has held on to Number One with Say You Won't let Go.

Ex-One Direction star Niall Horan's new song This Town missed out on the top five and is in at ninth place, following its release on Thursday.

The top five is completed by The Weeknd's Starboy featuring Daft Punk, Closer by The Chainsmokers and Halsey, Calvin Harris track My Way and Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's Side to Side.