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Duffy lands UK chart double


Story by Jack Foley

DUFFY has gone straight to the top of the UK album chart with her debut LP Rockferry to secure a prestigious British double.

Her single Mercy has also remained at the top of the singles chart for a third week.

The Welsh star, who has long been widely tipped as a breakthrough artist for 2008 and who came second in the BBC’s Sound of 2008 talent search, sold a mighty 180,000 copies of Rockferry in its first week.

It means she has the fastest-selling album of 2008 so far and managed to outsell the rest of the Top 10 combined, according to data compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC).

Amy Winehouse’s re-issued Back To Black fell one place to number two.

Duffy is the latest in a run of hit debut albums from UK artists so far this year, as hotly-tipped newcomers Adele, Amy McDonald and Scouting For Girls have all seen their debut releases go to number one.

But Duffy’s success is probably the most notable, only being surpassed by X Factor winner Leona Lewis in terms of better sales over the past 12 months.

With a string of UK tour dates lined up, as well as festival appearances including V, she looks set to build on that success and become one of the most profitable and sought after stars of the year.