Labrinth has admitted he was disappointed his album was beaten by Nicki Minaj in the charts - particularly because he didn't like her record.

The London-born producer and singer, whose real name is Timothy McKenzie, released his debut album Electronic Earth in April and it went to number two, behind the American star's offering Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

"I was disappointed, really," he said.

"I lost to Nicki Minaj, which wasn't so bad, she's a mega artist, but I didn't like her album. If I'd respected the album that beat me, then I would've been happier."

But he added: "I worked so hard to come out of the studio, stop being a producer and get people to see me as an artist, so to get that kind of love was amazing."

Labrinth is currently preparing to tour the UK and he is also already thinking about his next album.

He said: "I want to approach the next album with a bit more concept, and I feel like since I've been an artist, I've found what I want to say musically, but lyrically I can still hone it, and I'm still discovering that. I want to go deeper with the lyrics next time.

"I've got a new studio too, so I want to explore new and bigger sounds."

:: Labrinth is touring the UK throughout October, starting at Bristol O2 Academy on October 17. For more information, visit