Emeli Sande’s Olympics closing ceremony performance has already lifted her album to its highest weekly UK sales in nearly five months with two days of trading still to go.
The Virgin-issued Our Version of Events had sold 21,733 copies this week up to the end of business on Thursday, according to the Official Charts Company, lifting it 4-1 on the midweek artist albums listings. That is its highest tally since it sold 24,184 copies in the chart published on March 25 and it will easily beat that total given Friday and Saturday sales this week still need to be added in.
Sande’s album is one of a number benefiting at retail from last Sunday’s Olympics farewell with the winners also including Decca/UMC’s two official albums Isles of Wonder – The Opening Ceremony and A Symphony Of British Music. Up to the end of Thursday they were respectively the third and fourth biggest album sellers overall with the list headed by another compilation, EMI TV/UMTV’s Now! 82, and Our Version Of Events in second place.
In the artist albums rankings RCA act Paloma Faith moves 5-2 with sales of Fall To Grace up 158% in the week to date, ahead of closing ceremony stars Ed Sheeran and Elbow. Sheeran’s Asylum/Atlantic-issued + climbs 8-3 and Elbow’s 2008 Fiction/Polydor effort The Seldom Seen Kid rises 139-4 thanks to its cut One Day Like This’s inclusion in last weekend’s Olympics swansong.
There are new entries cropping up at this stage of the week in fifth and sixth positions from Fiction/Polydor's Spector and RCA's Ryan O'Shaughnessy, while Vertigo/Mercury's Amy Macdonald and Island/Lava's Jessie J are set to move back into the Top 10 this Sunday, the latter thanks to her closing ceremony appearances.
Columbia/Roc Nation signing Rita Ora's newly-issued How We Do (Party) has already surpassed 80,000 sales this week on its way to debuting at the top of the singles chart on Sunday, while One More Tunes/Warner Bros track Heatwave by Wiley featuring Ms D is currently ranked second, having debuted at No 1 last Sunday. The latest midweeks top five is completed by three tracks that featured in the closing ceremony: Emeli Sande's Virgin single Read All About It Pt 3 new at three, Fish People/EMI track Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush re-entering at four some 27 years after it was first a hit and Elbow's 2008 Fiction/Polydor hit One Day Like This rising 125-5.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.