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Norwegian duo Nico and Vinz claim UK chart top spot

Nico and Vinz
Image caption Nico and Vinz, formerly known as Envy, began their musical partnership in 2009

Norway's Nico and Vinz have become the first all-Norwegian band to have a UK number one single since A-ha in 1986.

The Scandinavian duo achieved the feat after their single Am I Wrong climbed 51 places to wrestle the top spot from last week's number one, Magic!'s Rude.

Nicolas Sereba (Nico) and Vincent Dery (Vinz) said it was "completely surreal" to top the UK singles countdown.

On the album chart, Ed Sheeran's record X stayed at number one for the seventh consecutive week.

If the 23-year-old's second album remains there for another week, it will equal the eight-week run James Blunt's Back to Bedlam enjoyed in 2005.

A-ha were the last all-Norwegian band to have a UK number one single, topping the chart for two weeks with The Sun Always Shines on TV.

"Growing up in Oslo, we always dreamed of being at the top of the UK chart," said Nico and Vinz, who thanked their British fans "for making that happen".

OneRepublic is another new entry in this week's top five, with the US band making their debut at number three with Love Runs Out.

Bristol-based singer George Ezra, meanwhile, occupies fifth place in both charts, climbing one place with his single Budapest and holding steady in the album chart with Wanted on Voyage.

UK official single and album charts
Top five singles Top five albums
1. Am I Wrong - Nico and Vinz 1. X - Ed Sheeran
2. Rude - Magic! 2. Blue Smoke - Dolly Parton
3. Love Runs Out - OneRepublic 3. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
4. Crazy Stupid Love - Cheryl Cole ft Tinie Tempah 4. Ghost Stories - Coldplay
5. Budapest - George Ezra 5.Wanted on Voyage - George Ezra

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