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Royal wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason dominates UK and US charts

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Story by Jack Foley

SHEKU Kanneh-Mason may have wowed the world at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle but he’s also now dominating the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

The 19-year-old cellist hit No.1 on the US and UK Amazon charts and No.1 on the US iTunes charts with his debut album Inspiration.

The LP is also No.11 on the Official UK Album Chart – the highest ever chart position for a cello player – and is set to reach the Top 20 on the US Billboard Album Chart too – the first time a British cellist has ever achieved this feat.

His classical album (which ranges from Shostakovich to Bob Marley) is vying for chart attention alongside major pop stars like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar. It is simultaneously No.1 in the UK Classical Chart, No.10 on the Scottish Album Chart and No.10 on the CD Albums Chart.

A delighted Sheku commented: “It’s been a crazy week with the Royal Wedding and then my college exams straight after! The reaction to my performance has been incredible and it feels amazing to have my album in the pop charts internationally.

“I’m so happy that people are enjoying my music and really grateful for all the support I’ve received in the past few days – it’s been fantastic.”

The phenomenal reaction to Sheku’s performance at the Royal Wedding, where he performed three pieces during the signing of the register, has also earned him thousands of new fans.

He has over 355,000 new followers on social media platforms, which means he’s expected to enter in Billboard’s ‘Social 50’ chart, alongside the likes of Ariana Grande, Harry Styles and Dua Lipa.

Sheku’s social media following has grown by a whopping 835% since the Royal Wedding, which was televised around the world to millions.

More about Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason first garnered public attention as winner of BBC Young Musician 2016. He made his BBC Proms debut the following year, and released his first album, Inspiration, earlier this year on Decca Classics.

It entered the Top 20 in the Official UK Albums Chart, making him the youngest cellist ever to do so, and he also became one of this year’s biggest breakthrough artists – across any genre. His beautiful cello arrangement of Bob Marley’s No Woman, No Cry went viral worldwide.

Sheku has been on a whirlwind adventure in the past few years – performing twice at the BAFTAs, playing at 10 Downing Street for the 30th anniversary of Black History Month, making his Carnegie Hall debut, performing at Paris Fashion Week, as well as high-profile TV appearances (including two BBC documentaries) and a busy international concert career.

Sheku is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music. He is passionate about making classical music accessible to all and is Junior Ambassador for the music education charity London Music Masters.

He comes from an incredible musical family in which all 6 of his siblings (he is the third child of 7) play instruments to a phenomenally high standard – yet neither parents are musicians.

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