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He's done it! Shields lad Sam Fender is Number 1

Sam Fender's debut album is Number 1 Credit: PA

North Shields musician Sam Fender's debut album Hypersonic Missiles has entered the chart at number one.

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter's first record had 41,000 chart sales over the past seven days, 8,200 of which were on vinyl, making it the fastest-selling vinyl album of 2019, according to the Official Charts Company.

Fender, who won the Critics' Choice prize at the Brit Awards earlier this year, told OfficialCharts.com:

This is beyond dream territory.

I thought my dreams were complete when I played Jools Holland, never mind this madness. Thanks to all the fans. This is just the start.

– Sam Fender

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The music star, who often speaks on his childhood growing up on the coast, joked he would "jump in the Tyne" to celebrate his success ahead of playing an intimate gig for local fans at a secret Tyneside location later on Friday.