That’s right, Britain has new pop royalty in the lovely form of Emeli Sandé as she cruises past The Beatles’ record for spending the most consecutive weeks in the UK’s Official Album Chart Top 10 with a debut album.
Music Week announced that with the release of the Official Albums chart on Sunday 28 April, Sandé’s debut album “Our Version of Events” will have remained in the Top 10 for an astounding 63 weeks since its release. This achievement knocks The Beatles off the number one spot after managing to hold the record for almost 50 years with their debut album, “Please Please Me”. That album released in March 1963 was in the Top 10 for 62 weeks.
While it currently sits at No.5 on the Official Albums Chart, to date it has sold 1.82 million copies in the UK alone and has spent 10 weeks at No.1. In 2013 alone it has sold 429,000 copies making it the UK’s biggest seller of 2013 to date. It has also already gone platinum in Germany, France, Belgium and Ireland.
On speaking of her achievement, Official Charts Company Managing Director, Martin Talbot, stated: “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.”
The record tops off an amazing 12 months for Sandé who was lucky enough to showcase at both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the London Olympics, introducing her to a world-wide audience.
Describing her achievement, Sandé said “I’m so pleased. It’s something I never expected to happen…The fact so many people connected to it and kept the album in the Top 10 is remarkable. To even be spoken of in the same sentence as The Beatles is thrilling. My ambition at the beginning was I really hoped I could get in the top five. To break this record is just beyond anything.”
According to Digital Spy, Sandé’s record label Virgin has confirmed that she plans to start work on her follow-up album late 2013.