Emeli Sandé has surpassed The Beatles’ record for spending the most consecutive weeks in the UK’s Official Albums Chart Top 10 with a debut album.
Sande’s debut Our Version of Events, released on Virgin Records, has remained in the Top 10 for 63 weeks since its release - or at least it will when the Official Albums chart is announced later today.
That means Sandé overtakes The Beatles’ Please Please Me, which previously held the record for almost 50 years. Please Please Me, released in March, 1963, spent 62 weeks inside the Top 10.
Our Version Of Events, which will this afternoon be announced at No.5 on the Official Albums Chart, has to date sold 1.82 million copies in the UK, spending 10 weeks at No. 1.
It has sold more than 100,000 copies in a single week on three separate occasions. The LP has sold 429,000 sales in2013 so far making it th eyear’s biggest-seller in the UK to date.
Our Version Of Events has also gone platinum in Germany, France, Belgium and Ireland.
Sande has appeared on two No. 1 singles (Read All About It with Professor Green, and Beneath Your Beautiful with Labrinth), and racked up nine Top 10 singles herself.
Official Charts Company Managing Director, Martin Talbot, commented: “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.”