He becomes the first Parlophone recording act to open his career with a number one debut since 1999, when film director Baz Luhrmann's Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) debuted in pole position. Tempah is only the fifth Parlophone act to have a number one single in the 21st century, following Kylie Minogue, George Harrison, Coldplay and Gorillaz. Minogue has had three, all the rest one.
With Tempah debuting at number one (92,002 sales), Relentless/Virgin act Naughty Boy presents Wiley feat. Emeli debuting at number eight with Never Be Your Woman (32,808 sales) and Positiva/Virgin's Gramophonedzie arriving at number 12 with Why Don't You (26,058 sales), EMI acts secure three debuts in the Top 15 for the first time in the 21st century.
In other Top 10 news, Rihanna's Rude Boy climbs 3-2, with sales increasing 19% to 62,476; Jason DeRulo's In My Head fades 1-3 (55,846 sales); and Boyzone's Gave It All Away enters at number nine (32,004 sales).
It is the sixth week in a row that Rude Boy has climbed, and it is the sixth number two of Rihanna's short career, following 2005 debut Pon De Replay, S.O.S., Unfaithful (both 2006), Live Your Life with T.I. (2008) and Russian Roulette (2009).
Overall singles sales climb 1.18% week-on-week to 2,920,221 - 10.33% above same week 2009 sales of 2,646,774.
Female solo artists are enjoying their best ever spell on the albums chart, supplying 10 of the last 16 number ones. That tally rises to 11 out of 17 this week, as Ellie Goulding storms to the summit with her debut set Lights on sales of 36,854 copies.
Goulding is the winner of the BBC's Sound Of 2010 poll, and the Critics' Choice award at The Brits. Her album includes her debut Top 40 hit Starry Eyed, which remains at number four on sales of 45,579 copies.
With Lady GaGa's The Fame easing 1-2 (35,073 sales), Alicia Keys' The Element Of Freedom holding at number three (31,811 sales) and Florence + The Machine's Lungs descending 4-5 (29,635 sales) female solo artists also have a lock on the top five broken only by the Glee Cast's Glee: The Music - Season One - Volume 1, which dips 2-4 (30,843 sales).
Having dethroned Susan Boyle and denied Sade top billing, Mumford & Son's Sigh No More is number one in Australia for the third straight week - and the London folk/rock quartet's album continues to prosper here too. Since debuting at number 11 last October, the album has spent 22 consecutive weeks on the chart.
It rose as high as number seven some eight weeks ago, and returned to that position five weeks ago. It tests the water for the third time this week, moving 10-7 with sales of 20,546 lifting its career tally to 294,285.
A week after topping the singles chart with In My Head, Jason DeRulo makes his album chart debut, with his eponymous first album entering at number eight (16,362 sales).
One of the more unusual albums to enter the chart this week is American singer/songwriter/harpist Joanna Newsom's Have One On Me.
The 28-year-old Californian has developed quite a cult following here, selling 34,551 copies of debut set The Milk-Eyed Minder since its 2004 release, though it has never made the Top 200. 2006 follow-up, Ys, reached number 41, and has sold 45,762 copies.
Have One On Me comprises 18 songs - 14 of them more than six minutes long - and a playing time of more than two hours. The album sold 8,481 copies last week, and debuts at number 28. It is physically available as a triple CD and also as a triple vinyl set. Although the former accounted for 82.97% of sales - and digital for a further 9.37% - the LP sold 649 copies, making it the runaway number one on the vinyl sales chart, with And The We Saw Land by Tuning a distant number two with 115 sales.
Despite a good slate of releases, sales increased by just 0.07% week-on-week to 1,927,096, and are down 1.55% on same week 2009 sales of 1,957,433. It brings to an end a sequence of eight consecutive weeks in which sales have been above those a year prior.