SOURCE: Atlantic Records

February 16, 2006 17:25 ET

James Blunt Scores Two BRIT Awards

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 16, 2006 --Custard/Atlantic recording artist James Blunt scored two BRIT Awards last night at ceremonies held at London's Earls Court Arena. Blunt, who was presented with the Best Pop Act and Best British Male Solo Artist trophies, also performed his #1 single, "You're Beautiful."

"BACK TO BEDLAM," which broke into the top ten on the Billboard 200 album chart in January and hit #1 on the Top Digital Albums chart, has been certified gold by the RIAA and has now scanned over 623,000 copies in the U.S. Its first single, "You're Beautiful," is #1 for the second week in a row on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart, and has sold over 675,000 downloads to date. With over 111,000 digital sales this week alone, the song sold double that of the #2-ranked title. "You're Beautiful" is also #2 on this week's Billboard Hot 100.

Blunt was in the U.S. last week for a special sold-out pre-Grammy show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. He returns to North America next month for his first full-fledged cross-country headlining tour. Kicking off March 13th, the eagerly awaited itinerary is already SRO, with every show instantly selling out the day that tickets were put on sale.

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