Scottish producer-DJ Calvin Harris' "18 Months," which debuted atop the U.K. album chart in November, returned to the summit yesterday (Sunday) with a 7-1 climb. Emeli Sandé's "Our Version Of Events," which fell to second place, nevertheless claimed another record, for the most consecutive weeks in the U.K. top ten for a debut solo artist album from its point of release, with 47. James Arthur's "Impossible" continued to top the singles chart.
The final U.K. charts of 2012, published Sunday (Dec. 30), showed Emeli Sandé’s “Our Version Of Events” (Virgin/EMI) maintaining its place at No. 1 and as the bestselling artist album of the year. “X Factor” winner James Arthur’s “Impossible” (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), which topped the singles chart two weeks ago, returned 2-1
The U.K.’s much sought-after Christmas No. 1 crown has been won by the Justice Collective’s charity single, a cover of the Hollies’ 1969 hit “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother” (Metropolis), which sold 269K copies -- 45K more than “X Factor” winner James Arthur’s “Impossible.” Emeli Sandé’s “Our Version Of Events” (Virgin/EMI), already the bestselling artist album of 2012, climbed back to the top spot.
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In the last sales charts before the the U.K.'s prestigious Christmas No. 1s are unveiled next Sunday (Dec. 23), 2012 "X Factor" winner James Arthur smashed to the top of the singles survey with "Impossible." The track easily becomes the fastest-selling single of the year with massive first-week sales of 490,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Bruno Mars seized a record of his own, as "Unorthodox Jukebox" became the fastest-selling solo artist album of 2012 with 136,000 sales.