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Boosted by BRIT awards, Sam Smith grabs UK chart top spot

Published on Feb 24, 2014 6:36 AM
 
Sam Smith, British singer-songwriter who has sung for such bands as Disclosure. -- FILE PHOTO: CAPITOL

LONDON (REUTERS) - English singer-songwriter Sam Smith seized the top spot in Britain's music charts on Sunday with his track Money On My Mind, ending Clean Bandit's four-week stint at number one, the Official Charts Company said.

It said Smith's success at the BRIT awards, where he won the Critics' Choice award, had helped him sell 108,000 copies with his debut track. It was the first time the winner of that award had debuted in the top spot, it said.

The British pop world's show of the year was held earlier this month.

Smith's success pushed Clean Bandit's Rather Be down to third place, while Pharrell Williams took the second spot with his track Happy.

 
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