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Midweek Charts update: Sande edges past Adele for top 2012 sales

Paul Williams
Midweek Charts update: Sande edges past Adele for top 2012 sales

Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events has overtaken Adele's 21 to become the UK's biggest-selling artist album of the year so far.

The Virgin release surpassed the XL-issued 21's total this week, having sold nearly 660,000 copies up to the end of business on Thursday, according to the Official Charts Company. Adele's album has shifted around 657,000 copies in the year to date and 4.4 million cumulatively.

Polydor act Lana Del Rey's Born To Die is the third top artist seller of 2012 with Aslyum/Atlantic's Ed Sheeran fourth with + and the Parlophone-issued Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay fifth. However, all these albums have been outold by the EMI TV/UMTV compilation Now! 81 which, with more than 700,000 sales, is 2012's top seller overall.

Sande's album, having spent a fifth non-consecutive week at No 1 last Sunday, is down to three in the midweeks, overtaken by two entries: Columbia/Roc Nation's Rita Ora in first place with Ora and Fiction/Polydor act Elbow's Dead In The Boot in second position. Icelandic band Of Monsters & Men's Universal Republic-issued My Head Is An Animal is currently showing up as a new entry at four, while Paloma Faith's RCA set Fall To Grace drops 2-5. The Top 10 also includes X Factor conetstant Lucy Spraggan's self-issued Top Room At The Zoo climbing 127-7and Alanis Morissette's Columbia debut Havoc And Bright Lights new at nine. Spraggan's track Last Night has climbed 70-6 on the latest midweek singles cart but will rank lower by the time of Sunday's final chart as it is no longer available to buy at leading digital outlets.

Syco act Little Mix's second single Wings has already surpassed 75,000 sales on its way to deuting at the top of the singles chart on Sunday, while One More Tune/Stiff's Sam and the Womp are second with Bom Bom, having debuted at No 1 last Sunday. Rita Ora's How We Do (Party) slips 2-3, while two tracks move into the top five: Interscope/Republic's Good Time by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen climbing 17-4 and the Slamjamz-issued Harder Than You Think by Public Enemy rising 11-5.

The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.

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Tags: lana del rey, ed sheeran, Elbow, Rita ORa, emeli sande, Adele, Little Mix, coldplay, Lucy Spraggan, Sam and the Womp

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