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Paolo Nutini scores fastest-selling album of 2014

Paolo Nutini
Image caption Paolo Nutini's first two albums both sold more than one million copies

Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini has scored the fastest-selling artist album of the year so far.

Caustic Love, his third record, topped the charts with 109,000 sales after seven days on the shelves.

He easily beat previous record-holder Sam Bailey, who sold 73,000 copies of The Power Of Love in one week in March, said the Official Charts Company.

Nutini has enjoyed glowing reviews for his soul-inspired CD, including current single Scream (Funk My Life Up).

The Independent compared the 27-year-old's voice to Joe Cocker, while Music OMH said Caustic Love was his "most consistent and adventurous set of songs yet".

It gives the Brit-nominated singer his second UK number one, following 2009's Sunny Side Up - which also climbed back into the Top 40 this week.

While Nutini is the fastest-selling artist of the year to date, compilation album Now 87 is believed to have achieved higher first-week sales.

Official figures for the two-disc set have not been made public, however.

Nutini held off competition from teenage guitar band The Vamps, whose debut album Meet The Vamps was a new entry at number two.

The top five was completed by Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction in third; John Legend's Love In The Future at four and Kaiser Chiefs' Education, Education, Education And War, in fifth place.


Newcomer Kiesza topped the singles chart with her debut, the deep house track Hideaway, selling more than 136,000 copies.

"I never expected this at all," said the singer, who is also a trained ballerina and a former codebreaker with the Royal Canadian Navy.

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Image caption Kiesza picked up her official number one award on Sunday evening

"It's amazing to see people come out of the woodwork and fall in love with it, so thank you!

"Music was always a part of my life, but it was more of a hobby," she added.

"When I started sailing on large vessels, people would bring instruments onto the ship and start jamming, and that led me to start song writing.

"That was the first time that I realised I had a natural instinct for it, and it just led me down this whole musical road that I'm on."

Dance music dominated the top three, with last week's number one, Nobody To Love by Sigma, falling to number two, followed by Shift K3y's Nobody.

John Legend's piano ballad All Of Me, written for his wife Christine Teigen, held firm at number four after 14 weeks on the chart, while Aloe Blacc's The Man dropped to fifth place.

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