The newly-issued Virgin album is currently outselling its two nearest challengers combined having clocked up around 66,000 copies by the end of Tuesday, according to the Official Charts Company. At the same time her cut Next To Me is likely to debut at two on the singles chart behind another new entry, Ministry of Sound act DJ Fresh's Hot Right Now featuring Rita Ora.
Sande's albums success will end the chart-topping run of Polydor act Lana Del Rey after two weeks. Born To Die is the second top seller of the week so far, although it is only about 3,000 sales ahead of XL's Adele album 21, which has had a 341% lift in sales following her six Grammy wins. It moves 5-3 in the midweeks, while its predecessor 19 climbs 23-11 with a 218% sales boost.
Island act Gotye follows his number one single Somebody That I Used To Know with album Making Mirrors currently showing up as a new entry at four as Asylum/Atlantic act Ed Sheeran competes the top five with + dropping 4-5.
Having debuted at number two last Sunday, Mercury act Maverick Sabre's introductory set Lonely Are The Brave is now down to sixth position in the new chart week, while RCA act Rebecca Ferguson's Heaven moves 16-8 with sales improving 224%, Island/Lava's Jessie J album Who You Are drops 7-9 and Hearmusic/Mercury's Paul McCartney album Kisses On The Bottom falls 3-10.
A wave of tribute buying following Whitney Houston's sudden death continues to impact the midweeks, led on the albums listings by the Sony-issued The Greatest Hits re-entering in seventh place. The Essential Whitney Houston returns in 70th position. However, the singer's back catalogue is making its biggest mark on the singles market with I Will Always Love You in 10th place leading 13 of her hits back into the Top 75 as it presently stands. Those returning also include I Wanna Dance With Somebody in 14th place, One Moment In Time at 29 and My Love Is Your Love at 30.
With a lead up until the end of Tuesday of more than 16,000 units, DJ Fresh should secure a second number one single this Sunday following 2011's Louder. As Sande appears set to arrive in second place, Gotye featuring Kimbra's Somebody That I Used To Know drops down to number three, having debuted at one last Sunday. Its slip in the rankings is despite its sales rising 30% on the week.
Outside the top two, there are no other brand new entries showing up among the Top 40 positions. However, Syco act One Direction should leap into the Top 10 this Sunday with One Thing. Having been in 26th place last Sunday, it is the eighth top seller this week so far with sales rising 214%.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.