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Owl City tops UK chart with debut single, Fireflies

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Owl City singer Adam Young says his single was inspired by a camping trip

US synth-pop artist Owl City has scored a UK number one with his debut single.

Adam Young, who describes himself as a "shy boy from the middle of nowhere in southern Minnesota", landed at the top of the chart with the track Fireflies.

Last week's chart-topper, Replay, by R&B artist Iyaz dropped to number two, while Don't Stop Believin' by the cast of TV show Glee took third place.

Florence and the Machine held firm at the top of the album chart for a second week with her debut album, Lungs.

TOP FIVE SINGLES
1. Owl City - Fireflies
2. Iyaz - Replay
3. Glee Cast - Don't Stop Believin'
4. 3OH3 ft Katy Perry - Starstrukk
5. Sidney Samson - Riverside
Source: Official UK Charts Company

Just below her came Paolo Nutini, with Sunny Side Up, followed by the week's highest new entry, The Betrayed, by Welsh rock band Lostprophets.

Canadian teen star Justin Bieber also won a new entry in the top ten, with his debut record My World charting at number four.

Other new entries in the album chart came from indie rock band Eels, at 21, one place above Alvin and the Chipmunks, with the soundtrack to their self-titled film.

Sleeper hit

Owl City, one of the artists on the longlist for the BBC's Sound Of 2010 poll, has replicated his success in the US chart, where Fireflies made the top spot just before Christmas.

There, it had been a sleeper hit, taking 10 weeks to reach number one after gaining a following for its fantastical video, which sees Young playing keyboards in a room full of toys that come to life.

TOP FIVE ALBUMS
1. Florence and the Machine - Lungs
2. Paolo Nutini - Sunny Side Up
3. Lost Prophets - The Betrayed
4. Justin Bieber - My World
5. Lady GaGa - The Fame
Source: Official UK Charts Company

Elsewhere in the singles chart, British rapper Example scored a new entry at six with his second release, Won't Go Quietly, and boy band JLS climbed into the top 10 with electro ballad One Shot.

Other new entries came from pop act Girls Can't Catch, whose Echo debuted at 19, and Pitbull, who sneaked into the chart at 40 with his club hit Shut It Down.

But several long-running hits continued to clog up the lower end of the chart. Both the Black Eyed Peas' I Gotta Feeling and Florence and the Machine's Dog Days Are Over have spent more than six months in the countdown.

Cheryl Cole, Lady GaGa, Alexandra Burke and Jay-Z also have long-in-the-tooth hits residing in the top 40.



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