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No 1-selling rapper in secret gig; Singer was talk of the Toon at trendy city nightclub.

Byline: KIM CARMICHAEL

PLATINUM-selling pop star Chipmunk wowed fans at a secret Tyneside gig.

The hip hop artist performed at Newcastle's Tup Tup Palace.

The London-born rapper, who had a number one smash with the song 'Oopsy Daisy', was following in the footsteps of fellow celebrities who have been spotted in the club, on St Nicholas Street.

Chipmunk, 20, visited Newcastle as part of the Live and Lost with BlackBerry promotion.

The stunt saw the rapper make his way from Anglesey, in Wales, to Newcastle in three days with just pounds 20 and a Blackberry.

Chipmunk, whose debut album I Am Chipmunk went platinum, appealed to fans to help him make the journey to Newcastle, where his secret gig was held.

The challenge saw him earning his way to Newcastle with challenges such as taking a fan on a date, cooking breakfast and ironing.

The rapper said: "I want to say a personal thank you to everyone who helped me along the way."

A BlackBerry spokeswoman said: "Chipmunk is taking part in Live and Lost with BlackBerry, which sees him dropped in a remote location with just pounds 20 in his pocket and a BlackBerry smartphone to find his way to a gig hundreds of miles away.

"He was dropped off in Wales on Saturday and had to make his way to Newcastle, relying solely on the help of his fans for food, transport and accommodation along the way. "He was in communication with his fans via Twitter and Facebook and they gave him challenges along the way in return for favours.

"He played a secret gig in Newcastle in honour of the fans that helped him."

Chipmunk's challenge will be followed next week with English rap duo Rizzle Kicks, who will begin their tour in Cornwall.

Finally five-piece girl band Parade will take part. Tup Tup Palace is one of Tyneside's celebrity hang-outs. Earlier this year, rapper Will I Am and bandmates travelled to sample the delights of Newcastle and told fans he was having "fun, fun, fun" in friend Cheryl Cole's home town.

His impromptu stop-off at Tup Tup Palace came after the band's performance at One Big Weekend festival in Carlisle.

In 2008, hip hop superstar Kanye West was arrested after a scuffle with a photographer outside the club.

The American rapper was arrested by Northumbria Police over an incident with freelance photographer Terry Blackburn at city-centre bar.

The scuffle happened after he played to a sell-out audience in the Metro Radio Arena and he was arrested at the Hilton Hotel, Gateshead, three hours later.

The cast of the controversial TV show Geordie Shore have also been filmed partying at the nightclub.

Photos and videos from Chipmunk's challenge will be shared via Flickr and YouTube, which can be accessed via the BlackBerry Facebook fan page at www.Facebook.com/BlackBerryUK, or www.Blackberry.com/liveandlost and www.T4.com

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Oct 21, 2011
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