By Daniel Lane
With a month to go before the Official Charts Company publish the year end charts, we reveal the biggest selling artist albums of 2013 as they currently stand.
Emeli Sande’s record breaking debut album, Our Version Of Events, is the biggest selling artist album of 2013 so far, OfficialCharts.com can reveal. The Scottish singer, who shot to international acclaim after being awarded the Critics’ Choice prize at last year’s BRIT Awards, went on to score the biggest selling album of 2012 with this, her debut full-length. According to Official Charts Company sales data, Our Version Of Events has sold nearly 640,000 copies so far this year, and 2.03 million copies to date.
With nearly 456,000 sales, Michael Buble’s To Be Loved climbs two places to overtake The Motion Picture Cast Recording of Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of Les Miserables (Number 3 with 452,000 sales) to become the second biggest selling album of 2013 so far. Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox holds firm at Number 3 with 450,000 sales, while Rod Stewart’s Time is up one place to Number 5 (394,000 sales).
Since the year-to-date Top 40 was published at back in October at the end of Quarter 3, there have been four new entries on the annual chart; Eminem leads the charge with his former Number 1 album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which debuts at Number 18 with over 272,000 sales over the last four weeks.
After just one week on sale, reigning Official Albums Chart champs One Direction are new in at 21 with their third studio album, Midnight Memories. Clocking up 237,000 during its first seven days, Midnight Memories is the fastest selling album of 2013 so far. With Harry, Louis, Niall, Zayn and Liam looking set to hold onto their Number 1 slot tomorrow (Sunday, December 8) the album will undoubtedly become one of 2013’s biggest sellers by the time we publish the full year Top 40 in January.
Meanwhile, Robbie Williams enters at Number 29 with Swings Both Ways, which has achieved sales of more than 191,000 copies since it was released two weeks ago. And finally, Kings Of Leon are new in at 36 with Mechanical Bull (160,000 sales).
The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Albums Of 2014 So Far is as follows. However, with the busiest sales period of the year for music already underway, this Top 40 could change significantly before we ring in the new year.
|1||OUR VERSION OF EVENTS||EMELI SANDE||VIRGIN|
|2||TO BE LOVED||MICHAEL BUBLE||REPRISE|
|3||LES MISERABLES||MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING||POLYDOR|
|4||UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX||BRUNO MARS||ATLANTIC|
|6||JAKE BUGG||JAKE BUGG||MERCURY|
|7||AM||ARCTIC MONKEYS||DOMINO RECORDINGS|
|9||RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES||DAFT PUNK||COLUMBIA|
|10||BABEL||MUMFORD & SONS||GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD/ISLAND|
|11||18 MONTHS||CALVIN HARRIS||COLUMBIA|
|13||ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS||PASSENGER||NETTWERK|
|14||THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE||JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE||RCA|
|15||RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME||OLLY MURS||EPIC|
|16||THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE||PINK||RCA|
|18||THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2||EMINEM||INTERSCOPE|
|19||TAKE ME HOME||ONE DIRECTION||SYCO MUSIC|
|20||GRAFFITI ON THE TRAIN||STEREOPHONICS||STYLUS|
|21||MIDNIGHT MEMORIES||ONE DIRECTION||SYCO MUSIC|
|22||THE NEXT DAY||DAVID BOWIE||RCA|
|24||OPPOSITES||BIFFY CLYRO||14TH FLOOR|
|26||EVERY KINGDOM||BEN HOWARD||ISLAND|
|28||NIGHT VISIONS||IMAGINE DRAGONS||INTERSCOPE|
|29||SWINGS BOTH WAYS||ROBBIE WILLIAMS||ISLAND|
|30||NOTHING BUT THE BEAT||DAVID GUETTA||PARLOPHONE|
|32||BEST OF - DECADE IN THE SUN||STEREOPHONICS||V2|
|34||THE SHOCKING MISS EMERALD||CARO EMERALD||DRAMATICO/GRAND MONO|
|35||RUMOURS||FLEETWOOD MAC||RHINO/WARNER BROS|
|36||MECHANICAL BULL||KINGS OF LEON||RCA|
|37||UP ALL NIGHT||ONE DIRECTION||SYCO MUSIC|
|38||THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM||RICHARD & ADAM||SONY MUSIC CG|
|39||LONG WAY DOWN||TOM ODELL||COLUMBIA|
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