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Cheryl breaks record as first British woman to get five number 1 singles

The X Factor judge has now achieved bigger chart success than even Kate Bush, Amy Winehouse, Susan Boyle and Adele

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Published: Monday, 10th November 2014 at 10:57 am

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's acts might not be hurtling to victory on the X Factor but her own music career is going very well indeed. This weekend, the former Girls Aloud singer became the first British female artist to have five number one solo singles.


On Sunday night, her latest track, I Don't Care, pushed the hugely popular Ed Sheeran off the top spot, giving the X Factor judge her fifth No 1 in five years.

If that doesn't sound impressive enough, consider that the singer's now had more chart-toppers than even Kate Bush, Amy Winehouse, Susan Boyle and Adele.

The previous record for a British woman artist was four No 1 songs, which Fernandez-Versini shared with Rita Ora and Geri Halliwell.

“I am so happy and proud of us for achieving the No 1 and place in history today,” Cheryl tweeted last night.

Her previous four number one tracks include Fight For This Love, Promise This, Call My Name and Crazy Stupid Love. Of those, only Fight For This Love remained at the top for a second week.

And while the singer holds the chart record for a British female artist, she's got a while to go before she can beat Madonna, who has 13.


Presumably, Cheryl's response to that would be I Don't Care...


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