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Sunday, November 15, 1998 Published at 18:54 GMT


Schoolgirl tops charts with record record

Soprano Charlotte Church appears on Blue Peter

A 12-year-old schoolgirl from Wales has become the youngest female singer to make the UK top 40 album chart.

Charlotte Church's debut album Voice of an Angel, which she cut during school holidays, shot to number 24 in the top 40 and number one in the classical music chart on Sunday.

Charlotte Church talks to BBC's Breakfast News
Charlotte, from Llandaff, Cardiff, said: "It's brilliant news. I never, ever imagined this would happen. I never thought it would go into the charts so high."

It is the second time in a month that Charlotte has made the national news, after she won a Champion Children award for her outstanding singing talent on 5 November.

[ image: Fellow chart-topper George Michael:
Fellow chart-topper George Michael: "So nice"
It was the perfect end to a week in which she met her pop idol George Michael at a charity ball at London's Dorchester Hotel where they both performed.

The pair helped raise more than £100,000 for terminally and critically ill children.

Describing her encounter with the singer, Charlotte said: "He was really nice and when I asked him for his autograph he wrote: 'What a voice!!! Love and good luck, George'."

George Michael entered the chart at number one with his new album Ladies and Gentlemen.

She has also been booked for the BBC's Children in Need on 20 November, where she hopes to meet All Saints.

Sony Music signed Charlotte 15 months ago after she sang for just five seconds with her aunt on a TV talent show.

The music giant sweetened the deal with a trip to Disneyworld in Florida for Charlotte and her family.

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