Pint-sized pop star tops charts

TEENAGE rocker Lil' Chris is celebrating reaching his first number one spot - in the nation's first ever Schools Top 10 chart.The star of Channel 4's Rock School, who grew up in Lowestoft, has already seen his debut single Checkin' It Out reach number three in the official UK chart.

By Danielle Nuttall

TEENAGE rocker Lil' Chris is celebrating reaching his first number one spot - in the nation's first ever Schools Top 10 chart.

The star of Channel 4's Rock School, who grew up in Lowestoft, has already seen his debut single Checkin' It Out reach number three in the official UK chart.

But now the young rocker has topped off the phenomenal start to his music career by snatching the top spot in the Schools Top 10 chart.


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The new chart is a joint initiative between the music industry and the Government-supported Music Manifesto to encourage youngsters to listen to different music genres and has been hailed as the greatest initiative since the Mercury Music Prize.

Former Kirkley High School pupil Lil' Chris, aka Chris Hardman, toured a number of Suffolk schools as part of National Music Week.

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The scheme gave school pupils across the country an exclusive right to claim a free download and CD single by one of 10 shortlisted artists.

The redemptions were monitored by the Official UK Charts Company who then compiled the first ever Schools Top 10 chart.

Lil' Chris said: “I'm thrilled to have got my first number one and would like to say a huge thank you to all the school pupils who voted for me. It was fun visiting schools during the week which made me realise I had some tough competition out there.”

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