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Nines beats Metallica and Katy Perry to number one

London rapper Nines has beaten some of music’s biggest stars – including Metallica and Katy Perry – to land his first number one album.

The musician’s third album, Crabs In A Bucket, was the most streamed and downloaded record of the week.

His record had been behind Metallica’s S&M2 all week, but overtook the US metal band in the last 24 hours to claim the top spot.

Fewer than 2,000 sales separated the two, said the Official Charts Company.

Crabs In A Bucket is Nines’ third studio album, and his first on a major label, and reflects on his journey from London’s Church Road housing estate to national recognition.

The title alludes to the difficulties of leaving his past behind. Last June, the musician was stabbed in Maida Vale, a few miles from his childhood home in north-west London.

“After that success I could have been anywhere in the world,” he told The Guardian last month. “I could have booked a flight and been chilling on a beach, but I’m hanging on the estate every day, top of the charts, and look, I ended up getting stabbed.”

He added that he felt like a crab in a bucket who kept trying, and failing, to climb out.

The rapper’s latest album topped the download and streaming charts, but Metallica sold more on CD and vinyl

The 20-year-old, real name Courtney Leon Freckleton, celebrated going to number one by posing with his Official Chart award outside the estate.

“Thanks to everyone that put me in this position,” he said. “Finally won a golden boot – I’m up there with Alan Shearer, Andy Cole and the rest of the golden boot winners!”

The result marks Nines’ third top five album, with his 2017 debut One Foot Out landing at number four, and 2018’s follow-up Crop Circle debuting at five.

His triumph came in a week of big releases, where every album in the top five was a new entry.

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