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Double chart triumph for soprano
Katherine Jenkins with troops
Katherine Jenkins has become the newest forces' sweetheart
Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins has crashed into the album charts at No 4 with her latest classical CD.

Jenkins, 25, from Neath, is already top of the classical charts with the album Living A Dream released last week.

The star, who is to entertain the troops in Iraq this Christmas, is the first classical artist to have achieved three number one consecutive albums.

Her agent said it was "fabulous and well-deserved news for Katherine".

Jenkins' first album was Premiere in 2003, followed by the Brit-winning "Second Nature" in 2004, which was the best selling classical album last year.

Living a dream doesn't begin to describe this last year, it has been beyond my wildest dreams
Katherine Jenkins

Her third chart-topping album has sold 47,000 copies in a week and her agent Joe O'Neil said the star had now outsold classical artists like Maria Callas and Placido Domingo.

He paid tribute to the "talented and hard-working star" who - as team official mascot - sang who sang the national anthem before Wales' defeat by New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium before racing to Heathrow for a flight to Japan.

"In over 20 years of working with record companies and artists I have never known anyone so dedicated to making it happen," he said.

"She's had one day off in the last month and has three days free between now and Christmas".

Tsunami concert

At Christmas Jenkins, who has taken over the mantle of forces sweetheart from Dame Vera Lynn since her role in the VE celebrations this summer, is to sing for British soldiers in Basra, Iraq - as long as she receives MOD clearance - as well as Cyprus and Northern Ireland.

The former school teacher from Neath has also performed at the tsunami relief concert in the Millennium Stadium, the Live8 concert in Germany and Murrayfield, and is to sing for the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance in Cardiff Bay later this month.

Jenkins, who signed copies of her album around Wales this week, including 17 copies bought as Christmas presents by one Swansea shopper, said she was "a very lucky lady".

She said: "Living a dream doesn't begin to describe this last year, it has been beyond my wildest dreams."




SEE ALSO:
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