SOUTH LONDON rapper Stormzy has landed his highest charting position with freestyle Shut Up and outsold X Factor winner Louisa Johnson in the process.
The single, which reached number 8 in this week’s chart – leaping 99 places – beat Louisa Johnson’s cover of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young, which is in ninth place.
It is the first time an X Factor winner’s song has entered the UK Singles Chart at a position below Number Two.
“Wow wow wow, my 1st official UK Top 10. no.8 in the charts, beating the X-Factor, one behind Coldplay and outselling one direction,” the 22-year-old wrote on his personal Instagram page. “Just a testament of how powerful you lots love and support is, yeah it ain’t no.1 but I’ll keep pushing.”
“F**ing hell, I got a f**king top 10 lol. No label, no plug, just my brothers and YOU LOT. Love to everyone that bought this and streamed it, from the heart I appreciate you more than you know. To God be the glory,” he added.
Shut Up started climbing the charts after Stormzy played British boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua into the ring in his fight against Dillian Whyte on Saturday (Dec 12).
The south London wordsmith, who won two MOBO Awards at the recent ceremony, then launched a campaign to get the single to No.1 bolstered by the hashtag #ShutUpForXmasNo1
“How annoying is that for Simon Cowell?” Stormzy joked.
Cowell is known to dominate the No.1 position at Christmas with the release of the single from the winner of his X Factor show.
“Gonna keep the campaign going #ShutUpForXMasNo1 it’s a long shot but im always gonna aim higher than “they” say I should,” Stormzy said after the chart positions were announced yesterday (Dec 18).
“THANK YOU FOR CHANGING MY LIFE GUYS,”he added.
Prior to this feat, Stormzy, real Michael Omari, made chart history when his Wicked Skengman 4 freestyle made it to No.18 in the official chart.
At the time, he wrote: “We’ve got a grime freestyle into the UK Top 20, history for us all.”