Emeli Sande topples Adele on the Official Albums Chart

BRIT Awards Critics' Choice winner Emeli Sande has knocked Adele off the top of the Official Albums Chart.

A switch of places at the top of the Official Albums Chart since Wednesday’s Official Chart Update sees BRIT Awards Critics’ Choice winner Emeli Sande return to the summit for her second week at Number 1 since the release of debut album Our Version Of Events three weeks ago.  The album is now on the approach to reaching a quarter of a million copies sold during that time, and has never left the Top 2.

The shift of positions has denied Adele one more week at the top of the chart which would have seen her overtake David Bowie in the number of career weeks spent at Number 1 in the Official Albums Chart. The singer/songwriter’s second studio album, 21, lands at Number 2 in its 58th week on the chart.

New entries and climbers

US rocker Meat Loaf is back with his new, and “most personal album to date” Hell In A Handbasket.  In a video interview with theofficialcharts.com, he talks about collaborating with Public Enemy main man Chuck D and how pleased and surprised he has been by the album’s critical reactions.  Hell In A Handbasket finishes its opening week with a Top 5 (5).

Pink Floyd’s reissue of classic album The Wall is new in at Number 22, while The Ting Tings return to the Official Albums Chart with second studio offering Sounds From Nowheresville (23) featuring new single Hang It Up.  Completing the new entries in the Top 40 is The Cranberries’ with their first studio album in ten years, Roses (37).

High climbers this week include The Essential Whitney Houston, ascending 10 places to break into the Top 10 at Number 7.  Chris Isaak’s Beyond The Sun jumps 61 places to Number 30, while The Maccabees journey 29 places back into the Top 40 (39) with their 2012 release Given To The Wild.

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