After two weeks at number one, Lana Del Rey's debut album, Born To Die, dips to number two (47,667 sales), to be replaced at the summit by another debut release by a female singer/songwriter - Emeli Sande.
23 year old Sande's Our Version Of Events storms to the summit on first week sales of 113,319 - the best for a debut album by a British female solo artist since fellow Scot Susan Boyle's first album I Dreamed A Dream exploded onto the chart with sales of 411,820 in December 2009. Perhaps surprisingly, it's not the only link between the two - Sande co-wrote This Will Be The Year, which was a track on Boyle's third number one album, Someone To Watch Over Me, last December.
Sande's 2011 hit singles Heaven (number two) and Daddy (number 21) are on Our Version Of Events, along with third single Next To Me, which debuts at number two on the singles chart this week, after selling 103,438 copies. It is the third highest sale for a number two single in the last 12 months, being bested only by the 116,578 copies that Little Mix's Cannonball sold on its 31 December 2011 debut, and the 115,530 copies that Labrinth's Earthquake (feat. Tinie Tempah) sold when it debuted at number two, eight weeks earlier. Another track from Sande's album - Read All About It Part III - also enters the Top 75, at number 49 (7,255 sales). As its title suggests, it is based on Professor Green's 2011 number one, Read All About It, on which Sande was featured.
Completing a female solo top three, Adele's 21 jumps 5-3, increasing sales week-on-week by 170.70% to 47,498. Adele's 19 is also resurgent, leaping 23-9 (14,196 sales) to attain its highest chart position for 22 weeks. With Adele performing live at The Brit Awards later this week, and expected to take some prizes home, the albums should enjoy a further fillip a week hence and will probably top 4m and 2m sales respectively.
Belgian-born Australian singer Gotye's album Making Mirrors debuts at number four (31,284 sales) a week after introductory single Somebody That I Used To Know, topped the chart.
Whitney Houston's death nine days ago resulted in massively increased sales across the board for her catalogue. With physical product availability patchy, most of her album sales were derived from downloads. 2000 compilation The Greatest Hits re-enters the chart at number seven after selling 15,385 copies, only 1,143 of which were on CD. The Essential Whitney Houston - essentially the two disc US version of The Greatest Hits - charts for the first time, debuting at number 40 (3,941 sales, 2,114 of which were CDs). Both albums sold significantly fewer copies than Houston's 2007 compilation The Ultimate Collection, which was the UK's fourth biggest selling album overall last week, with 43,736 sales (19,133 CDs) but charts only as the number one budget album, because of its low price point. The album will have passed the million mark by the time we go to press - its sales to midnight on Saturday were 998,397. Several other Houston albums invade the budget chart - which houses both individual and multi-artist sets - with The Bodyguard soundtrack at number four (4,096 sales), I Look To You at number seven (2,869 sales), Whitney Houston at number 19 (1,402 sales), My Love Is Your Love at number 31 (888 sales) and Whitney at number 36 (802 sales). The Bodyguard also makes an impression on the OCC video chart, with sales of 24,471 copies earning the 1992 film, in which Houston starred with Kevin Costner, a re-entry at number nine. It is the film's highest placing in the chart since February 1995.
Meanwhile after charting following her death last month, Etta James' At Last - The Best eases 22-25 (6,594 sales).
Although the revival in the fortunes of her debut single Nothing Is Real But Love has slowed - it moves 34-32 this week (11,550 sales) - Rebecca Ferguson's album Heaven continues its climb. Number three in December, the album bounces 16-10, its sales up 60.80% week-on-week to 12,558, with its suitability as a Valentine's Day gift and the use of Nothing Is Real But Love in the current Nescafe TV campaign doubtless playing big roles.
After debuting at number two last week, Maverick Sabre's first album Lonely Are The Brave tumbles to number six (20,364 sales). Paul McCartney's Kisses On The Bottom also takes a spanking, falling from number three to number 12 (11,158 sales), and a week after becoming their highest charting album yet, Van Halen's A Different Kind Of Truth slumps 6-32 (4,782 sales). Holding up much better, Ed Sheeran's + dips 4-5 but increases sales by 16.15% week-on-week to 22,994.
Overall album sales are up 15.94% week-on-week at 1,977,398 - 6.66% below same week 2011 sales of 2,118,412.
Dubstep divinity DJ Fresh topped the singles chart for the first time last July, with Louder (feat. Sian Evans) racing to number one on first week sales of 140,750 copies, thanks to pent-up demand from its use as the music bed for a Lucozade Lite TV advertising campaign. Even without such a powerful boost, follow-up Hot Right Now races to number one this week, on sales of 127,998 copies.
Featuring the vocals of 21 year old Rita Ora - a UK-based ethnic Albanian from Kosovo - Hot Right Now is the first single to sell more than 100,000 copies in a week thus far in 2012. Louder, which dips 106-120 this week (2,274 sales), has sold 507,659 copies to date. Both tracks are expected to appear on DJ Fresh's upcoming third album, the title and release date of which have yet to be confirmed.
With upwards of 100,000 people choosing to buy her debut album on which it is included, Emeli Sande's new single Next To Me was unable to mount a serious challenge to DJ Fresh but nevertheless also topped the 100,000 mark, selling 103,438 copies - her highest one week tally to date as a a primary artist, easily beating the 63,659 copies that Heaven (the first single from the album) sold when it debuted at number two last August but falling some way short of the 153,007 copies that Professor Green's Read All About It - on which she was featured vocalist - sold the week of its debut last November.
Despite slipping 1-3, Somebody That I Used To Know increases its sales for the seventh week in a row, selling a best-yet 94,901 copies (a 13.97% increase week-on-week) for Gotye feat. Kimbra. It is the highest sale for a number three single for more than eight years - the last to sell more copies was the Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne duet Changes, which slipped 1-3 in the final week of 2003, on sales of 144,802 copies. Somebody That I Used To Know has the seventh highest sale for a number three in the 633 weeks that have elapsed thus far in the 21st century. Although it was unavailable immediately before it entered the chart at number 97 in the first week of the year, Somebody That I Used To Know was available in the UK from August of last year, and sold 6,616 copies before charting.
David Guetta's Titanium (feat. Sia) also dips two places, falling 2-4 (57,852 sales) - but climbs 2-1 on the year-to-date rankings, where its tally of 371,276 sales forces Jessie J's Domino (357,729 sales) down to second place. These are 2012 sales only remember - in all, Titanium has sold 423,520 copies, and Domino has sold 388,402 copies. T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever) suffers a big 3-8 dip (34,162 sales) on its second week for Will.I.Am, Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger.
After surging 22 places last week, Turn Me On remains at number 11 (25,938 sales) for David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj. And, a week after debuting at number 37, Give Me All Your Luvin' by Madonna feat. M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj dips to number 51 (7,070 sales). It may be too early to write it off, however - once the video is serviced I'm sure it will have another lease of life. A third Minaj single has more luck - Starships becomes her 15th hit in 18 months, debuting at number 16 (20,397 sales).
With their international profile growing apace, One Direction's latest single, One Night, stops its meandering and explodes 26-9 (31,602 sales) to become the third Top 10 hit from their debut album, Up All Night, following What Makes You Beautiful (number one) and Gotta Be You (number three).
The death of Whitney Houston could not have been timed to make more impact on the chart. Houston died five minutes before the start of the chart week, and she casts a significant shadow over it this week, with three songs in the Top 40, 12 in the Top 75 and 23 in the Top 200. Leading the influx, I Will Always Love You (number 14, 22,090 sales), I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) (number 20, 16,821 sales), One Moment In Time (number 40, 8,542 sales), My Love Is Your Love (number 42, 8,332 sales) and I Have Nothing (number 44, 8,002 sales). Overall, some 141,000 Houston singles and 75,000 albums were sold last week (note: these figures are higher than in the OCC press release, as they are more exhaustive). By comparison, Michael Jackson died on a Thursday evening in 2009, and in little more than two days sold 196,000 singles and 124,000 albums, landing seven Top 75 albums and 20 Top 75 singles as a result. The following week, he had nine Top 75 albums, and 27 Top 75 singles.
Overall singles sales are up 4.90% week-on-week at 3,590,297 - 6.83% above same week 2011 sales of 3,360,760.