Wiley scores his 1st solo UK number one single with “Heatwave” | Music News

After nine solo studio albums, Grime pioneer Wiley has finally reached the milestone that has eluded him for close to a decade, achieving his first solo number one single with “Heatwave,” selling 114,121 copies and effectively going UK Gold within its first week of release.

The legend who arguably gave birth to the East London dominated Grime genre (just over twelve years ago) released his mainstream career launching single “Wot Do U Call It” back in 2004, via his first record deal with London based label XL Recordings. After years of turmoil, frustration and music industry politricks, which the saw the now 33 year old emcee jump ship between five different labels as well as his own Eskibeat Recordings, Wiley re-signed with Warner Music Group back in May, surprising many of his fans and colleges having had a very public fall out with imprint Asylum Records UK over the way they handled his fifth solo LP See Clear Now.

Elsewhere in the charts, British Pop/R&B trio Stooshe’s single “Black Heart” moves down three spots to six, Chris Brown‘s “Don’t Wake Me Up” slips one place to nine, 2011 X Factor alum Misha B‘s debut single “Home Run” falls five spots down to twenty and British R&B vocalist/songwriter Angel‘s  “Wonderful” sidesteps one place down to twenty-one.