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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Matt Pagan joy as Collabro top official album charts

It was a dream come true for former kitchen salesman Matthew Pagan as his band’s debut album rocketed to number one.

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Collabro, with Matthew Pagan, centre

The Official Charts last night revealed that Stars, the first album from Collabro, had outsold its nearest rival by two-to-one to sweep into the top spot.

Matt, 21, from Carlisle, told the News & Star: “It’s unbelievable. We have worked so hard and come so far to reach this point... it is a dream come true.”

The five-piece operatic boyband, who won Britain’s Got Talent, had just completed a gig when they heard the news.

“We were all sat round the radio in the car listening,” Matt admitted. “It was amazing to hear.”

And, despite his newfound fame and stardom, the former Richard Rose Central Academy student remembered his roots.

“The first person I rang was my mum,” he said. “But she already knew. She had been listening too – but she seems to know about everything Collabro. Sometimes almost before we do.”

Mum Linda, who lives in the St Ann’s area of Carlisle, said: “It’s fantastic. I’m absolutely over the moon. I’m overwhelmed and extremely proud.

“I just want to say a big thank you for all the support the lads have had from the local community and the region, just so grateful.”

Linda saw Collabro perform in Blackpool on Saturday night and said they were “fantastic”.

Stars knocked Ed Sheeran off the number one spot in the album charts, which he had held with album X for eight weeks.

Last week Matt said that replacing Ed Sheeran at the top of the charts would be the icing on the cake as he is a huge fan.

Collabro shot to fame after winning the ITV television talent.

Their performances of classic songs from Les Miserables – including Bring Him Home – received rapturous support from all the judges but especially music mogul Simon Cowell.

The group have since signed to his record label, Syco, and have a national tour lined up from next year.

Highlighting Matt’s affinity to his home city, the album was launched here and the Collabro tour kicks off in Carlisle at the Sands Centre in January.

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