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Cullum beats British jazz record
Jamie Cullum
Cullum's new single will be his version of a Jimi Hendrix song
Singer and pianist Jamie Cullum has become the first British jazz artist to have a platinum album.

Cullum's latest album Twentysomething has sold 300,000 copies in the UK - the amount needed for a platinum award - in just over a month.

The 24-year-old has become a jazz sensation, signing a 1m record deal earlier this year and gaining support from DJs like Michael Parkinson.

Silver, gold and platinum awards for album sales were introduced in 1973.

Previously, the UK's most successful jazz artist had been Courtney Pine, who went silver - awarded for sales between 60,000 and 100,000.

Wide appeal

Twentysomething entered the UK album chart at number five when it was released in October, and is now at number 22.

But it is at number three in the jazz/blues album chart - and his previous album, Pointless Nostalgia, is also in the top 10.

Cullum plays everything from jazz standards to covers of songs by Nirvana and Radiohead.

His next single will be a version of Jimi Hendrix's The Wind Cries Mary.

As well as jazz clubs and concert halls, Cullum has appeared at the Royal Variety Performance and on children's TV shows including Blue Peter and CD:UK.

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