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Taio Cruz's 'Break Your Heart' takes Billboard's top spot, sets new record

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All in a day’s (or more accurately, a week’s) work for Taio Cruz: Breaking hearts—and a Billboard record previously held by Kelly Clarkson, too.

The British R&B newcomer leaped from no. 53 to no. 1 on today’s U.S. Hot 100, the biggest jump by an artist with a debut single. That means Clarkson, who bolted from 52 to 1 in October 2002 with her Idol-win anthem “A Moment Like This,” loses her previous hold on that claim.

Then again, Ms. Clarkson has sold some 23 million albums worldwide, and still has the record for all-time (read: non-debut) jump, from 97 to 1 for last year’s “My Life Would Suck Without You”; she is probably not crying into her Berry Burst Cheerios.

If Cruz’s song has somehow eluded you thus far, stream it below. And if you would like to read our recent Q&A with him, in which he talks about loving Coldplay, collaborating with Ke$ha, and cavorting on yachts with models, click here.

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