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Bailey Rae reaches top five in US
Corinne Bailey Rae
Bailey Rae's music can be heard in Venus, out in the UK on Friday
British soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae has seen her debut album shoot up the US charts following an appearance on Oprah Winfrey's TV show.

Her self-titled record has climbed 25 places to four in the Billboard album chart, following a 155% surge in sales.

The 27-year-old has been nominated for three Grammys and is up for a further three prizes at the Brit awards.

Bailey Rae was in London earlier this week for the UK premiere of British film Venus, in which her songs appear.

The singer has also seen her stock rise in Canada, where her album has climbed 54 places to nine.

'Surreal'

The Leeds-born singer - winner of the BBC News website's Sound of 2006 survey - has had a remarkable 12 months.

Put Your Records On was the most played British hit on UK radio last year and she was the recipient of two Mobo awards last September.

During her appearance on Winfrey's programme on 16 January, Bailey Rae said her sudden success felt "surreal".

"One of the most amazing things about this year is getting to meet people who I've really admired," she added, citing a recent encounter with soul diva Mary J Blige.


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