Damian McGinty EP outsells Justin Bieber

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Derry singer and Glee star Damian McGinty is currently soaring high in the American ITunes charts with pre-orders for his debut EP outselling Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Christina Aguilera and yes, even the Glee soundtrack.

The EP went on sale yesterday and by lunchtime had hit number 14 in the American pop charts - Damian’s reaction to the ‘Journal’ on hearing this news was a simple: “HOLY SH**.”

The 20-year-old also told followers on Facebook and Twitter the success so far of the five-track EP had been “beyond his wildest expectations” and he encouraged his fans to follow their own dreams.

Speaking exclusively to the Derry Journal Damian said of the EP: “I’m over the moon with how it turned out.

“I have always been pigeon-holed into a certain style my whole life, because I have always been tied down to projects that I really didn’t have a say in the music I did.

“Now that I have gained a big enough reputation to do things by myself, to a certain degree, I thought it was time I experimented.

“And although it’s early days, I am very excited in the direction we have taken. A track on the E.P, ‘Yellow’ is a track a lot of people would never have seen me doing, and that excites me.

“I have never been a man to play it safe, leaving Celtic Thunder to chance my arm on a reality show with 40,000 people is an example, and that paid off so I don’t plan on starting now. No-one gets anywhere if they are comfortable. You have to go for it, if you really want to realize your dream.”

The EP will be released worldwide on December 12.

For more on our exclusive chat with Damian - including all the gossip on his return to Glee for this year’s Christmas special, see Friday’s Journal.