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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini breaks Geri Halliwell chart record

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini Image copyright Press release
Image caption The star also scored four number ones with Girls Aloud

Pop singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has become the first British female solo artist to have five number one singles in the UK.

Her latest song, I Don't Care, entered the Official Charts in pole position on Sunday.

The 31-year-old overtook Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora, who both have four chart-toppers.

"To be honest, I'm a little bit shell-shocked," she told BBC Radio 1's Jameela Jamil, who revealed the record.

The star gave the credit for the chart achievement to "my supporters and the fans that have done everything they could to get it here".

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Image caption Cheryl received a special plaque in honour of her chart achievement

Previously known as Cheryl Cole, the X Factor judge married French restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in June.

She previously scored four number ones with her former band, Girls Aloud, between 2002 and 2008.

Her solo number ones are Fight For This Love (2009), Promise This (2010), Call My Name (2012) and Crazy Stupid Love (2014). Of those, only Fight For This Love remained at the top for a second week.

And while she holds the chart record for a British female artist, Fernandez-Versini has a long way to go before she can beat Madonna, who has 13 UK number ones, and Rihanna, who has eight.

Elsewhere in the charts, Tom Odell scored a new entry at 21 with his cover of John Lennon's Real Love, which features on this year's John Lewis Christmas advert.

And John Legend's ballad All Of Me rocketed back up the charts from 26 to number four after an appearance on last week's X Factor.

In the album chart, Ed Sheeran reclaimed the top spot, deposing US country-pop star Taylor Swift.

The singer-songwriter's second record X has already spent eight weeks at the top this year and is the biggest selling album of 2014 to date.

DJ Calvin Harris, who pulled out of Sunday's MTV awards citing heart problems, entered the chart at number two with his latest record, Motion.

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