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Craig David: Best album ever?
Craig David
David says he's honoured to come second behind Michael Jackson

Craig David has said he's very proud that Born To Do It has been voted MTV's second greatest album ever, and denies any 'Rickrolling' effect.

He says the result is not down to the kind of fan campaign that prompted Rick Astley to win best act ever at the MTV Europe Music Awards last year.

Born To Do It came second to Michael Jackson's Thriller, beating off bands like Nirvana, Radiohead and Oasis.

More than 40,000 MTV fans voted for best album since 1981, when MTV began.

David told Newsbeat: "At the time of having this vote and knowing that it's so many different genres of MTV, even if my fans were just trying to make the vote I really don't think it would've made any difference.

"You're talking massive albums, we're talking artists who have incredibly massive fan bases.

'Incredible honour'

"U2 - these people are selling out stadiums around the world. You'd think if it was based on votes of how big certain bands and artists are, then other people would've been in those top spots."

Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses was voted into third place, Radiohead's OK Computer came forth and Nirvana's Nevermind was number five.

David says the nod is extra special for him because of the influence of winner Michael Jackson on his music.

That album meant so much to British music at the time, it was a whole movement
Craig David

He said: "It's an incredible honour because Michael Jackson was one of the main artists that inspired me while writing that record.

"So to actually be placed number two behind such an incredible album that was just so consistent with singles that were just hits, to know that people have voted Born To Do It at number two is incredible.

"There were some other amazing albums, Joshua Tree from U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers albums.

"I'm very, very proud and very thankful to the UK public for supporting in that way. It's beautiful having a British album right behind Michael Jackson. That's the way we're doing it right now."

British music

The singer has completed a sold-out south east Asia tour, taking in places like Hong Kong and Japan, where John Legend joined in for a couple of shows.

David first made it big in the late nineties with smash hit single Rewind, along with Artful Dodger, and other hits included Fill Me In and 7 Days.

David says he is proud of the impact that Born To Do It had on the wider music scene.

He told Newsbeat: "That album meant so much to British music at the time, it was a whole movement.

"The UK garage scene was so vibrant - American artists and producers going crazy. I remember Quincy Jones buying 20 copies of Born To Do It and you're thinking: 'Wow this is the guy behind Thriller'.

"It's a beautiful thing. I'm very, very proud and I'll enjoy it, I'll enjoy the fact that people have actually gone and voted for me, that's really cool."

MTV's Greatest Album Ever: The Results airs on 11 April at 9pm on MTV One, MTV Two, MTV Base and VH1.



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