Emeli Sande could overtake Adele thanks to Olympic sales boost

Emeli Sande looks set to return to the top of the Official Albums Chart on Sunday, thanks to her performances at the London 2012 Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies. Plus: See the Official Albums Chart Update Top 40!

Emeli Sande looks set to return to the top of the Official Albums Chart on Sunday, thanks to her performances at the London 2012 Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies.

The Scottish singer’s debut album, Our Version Of Events, has climbed three places to retake the Number 1 position on today’s Official Chart Update. And, if the album can maintain its Olympics sales boost, Our Version Of Events is on course to overtake Adele’s 21 as the biggest selling album of 2012 so far.

According to the Official Charts Company’s latest sales data, Our Version Of Events is just 39,000 copies behind 21 in year-to-date sales. However, Our Version Of Events still has a long way to go before eclipsing 21’s total sales; since it was released January, 2011, 21 has sold 4.4 million copies in the UK, making it the fifth biggest-selling album of all-time.

Emeli Sande is also leading the Olympics charge on the Official Singles Chart Update, too. Emeli features on the lion’s share (six) of the 78 tracks from the opening and closing ceremonies which look set to enter the Official Singles Chart Top 200 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Paloma Faith’s Fall To Grace climbs three places to Number 2, while London indie rockers Spector look set to debut at Number 3 with Enjoy It While It Lasts.

Also riding the London 2012 wave, Ed Sheeran’s + is up four places to Number 4 and Elbow’s The Seldom Seen Kid , which was last in the Top 5 three years ago, climbs 134 places from 139 to Number 5. Sales of the Spice Girls' Greatest Hits album are also up since the closing ceremony; on today’s Official Albums Chart Update, it climbs 155 places to Number 9.

New Entries

In addition to Spector’s Enjoy It While It Lasts (Number 3), there are five other new entries on today’s Official Albums Chart Update.

Britain’s Got Talent star Ryan O'Shaughnessy’s eponymous debut album is new in at Number 6, while Brit rockers While She Sleeps and Don Broco are currently at Number 13 with This Is The Six and Number 14 with Priorities, respectively. A new Kinks Greatest Hits collection, Waterloo Sunset, looks set to chart at Number 25, while US pop-punks Yellow Card complete this week’s Official Albums Chart Update new entries with Southern Air debuting at 38.

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

01 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
02 FALL TO GRACE PALOMA FAITH
03 ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS SPECTOR
04 + ED SHEERAN
05 THE SELDOM SEEN KID ELBOW
06 RYAN O'SHAUGHNESSY RYAN O'SHAUGHNESSY
07 OVEREXPOSED MAROON 5
08 WHO YOU ARE JESSIE J
09 GREATEST HITS SPICE GIRLS
10 TALK THAT TALK RIHANNA
11 UP ALL NIGHT ONE DIRECTION
12 ILL MANORS - OST PLAN B
13 THIS IS THE SIX WHILE SHE SLEEPS
14 PRIORITIES DON BROCO
15 EVERY KINGDOM BEN HOWARD
16 THE MIDNIGHT BEAST MIDNIGHT BEAST
17 LIFE IN A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT AMY MACDONALD
18 THE WHOLE STORY KATE BUSH
19 TOTAL MADNESS MADNESS
20 21 ADELE
21 CALIFORNIA 37 TRAIN
22 STRANGELAND KEANE
23 PINK FRIDAY - ROMAN RELOADED NICKI MINAJ
24 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
25 WATERLOO SUNSET - THE BEST OF KINKS
26 BORN TO DIE LANA DEL REY
27 BELIEVE JUSTIN BIEBER
28 CONTRAST CONOR MAYNARD
29 BUILD A ROCKET BOYS ELBOW
30 NEED YOU NOW LADY ANTEBELLUM
31 CEREMONIALS FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
32 CHANNEL ORANGE FRANK OCEAN
33 MYLO XYLOTO COLDPLAY
34 HANDWRITTEN GASLIGHT ANTHEM
35 TEENAGE DREAM KATY PERRY
36 NOTHING BUT THE BEAT DAVID GUETTA
37 NUMBER ONES BEE GEES
38 SOUTHERN AIR YELLOWCARD
39 WATCH THE THRONE JAY-Z & KANYE WEST
40 LIVING THINGS LINKIN PARK

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