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Emeli Sande makes Official Chart history, smashing The Beatles' chart record!

28/04/2013

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Emeli Sande makes Official Chart history, smashing The Beatles' chart record!

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Our Version Of Events leaps ahead of The Beatles' Please Please Me to spend the most consecutive weeks in Top 10 of any debut album.

Emeli Sandé’s chart success shows no signs of slowing, as the Scottish singer/songwriter today makes Official Chart history.

The Official Charts Company can confirm that Emeli Sandé has smashed The Beatles’ chart record of spending the most consecutive weeks in the UK’s Official Albums Chart Top 10 of any debut album.

Our Version Of Events, the debut release from the 2012 BRITs Critics Choice winner which was released in February of last year and went on to become the biggest selling album of 2012, has not dropped out of the Top 10 since its release - that’s a staggering 63 weeks!  In doing so, Sandé overtakes British music icons The Beatles who held the record for almost 50 years previously with Please Please Me. The debut album from the Fab Four spent 62 weeks inside the Top 10 between its release in 1963 and 1964.

Our Version Of Events has to date sold 1.82 million copies in the UK, spending 10 weeks at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, and breaking the 100,000 sales in a week tally on three separate occasions. With 429,000 sales racked up already since the new year, the album is leading the way as 2013’s biggest seller also. The album has also enjoyed platinum status in Germany, France, Belgium and Ireland.

Emeli is no stranger to the upper echelons of the Official Singles Chart either, appearing on two Number 1 singles (Read All About It with Professor Green, and Beneath Your Beautiful with Labrinth), and having a total of 9 Top 10 singles under her belt.

"I’m completely lost for words and this is something I could only have dreamed of," Emeli tells OfficialCharts.com. "The Beatles are the greatest band of all time and their legacy lives on and continues to inspire all of us that make music.  I’m so happy that so many people have connected with the stories and the songs on the record, this really is our version of events now. I’d like to say thankyou to everyone that has bought, played or shared my music in the last year, without your support this would never have been possible." 

Official Charts Company Managing Director, Martin Talbot, comments:

“It has been an incredible past 15 months for Emeli Sandé – and to break a record which was set almost 50 years ago by The Beatles is arguably the greatest achievement of all. Across her 63 Top 10 weeks, she has been Top 5 for almost 75% of the time - a remarkable record, by one of the most remarkable new British acts to emerge for many years.”

In this new video interview, Emeli takes us on a trip through her career from medical student to getting her first break in music, being nominated as Critics’ Choice at The BRITs, opening (and closing!) the London 2012 Olympic Games, right through to becoming a fully-fledged Official Chart record breaker today!

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