"Events" is now within 6,000 copies of overtaking Adele's "21" as the U.K.'s bestselling album of 2012
As Emeli Sandé's "Our Version of Events" started a fifth non-consecutive week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), London-based collective Sam & the Womp sold 107,000 units of "Bom Bom" to score a No. 1 single.
Sandé's album continued at the album summit with new sales of 25,000, for a running total of nearly 647,000 since its February release. "Events" is now within 6,000 copies of overtaking Adele's "21" as the U.K.'s bestselling album of 2012. The Official Charts Company reports that a far higher proportion of its sales have been digital, at nearly 200,000 compared to Adele's 158,000. Sandé appears four times on the new singles chart, with "Read All About It Pt 3" down 3-4, "Next To Me" back up 59-31, "My Kind Of Love" 53-52 and Virgin labelmate Professor Green's "Read All About It," on which she features, up 71-65.
Paloma Faith's "Fall To Grace" album held at No. 2, with Bloc Party's "Four" landing at No. 3 after leading the midweek sales flashes. Also arriving in the top five were reunited British rockers the Darkness, at No. 4 with "Hot Cakes," and English newcomer Jessie Ware with "Devotion" at No. 5.
The Black Keys' "El Camino" raced 50-7, its first time in the top ten after previously peaking at No. 16 in March. Trey Songz posted a No. 10 start for "Chapter 5," as the single "Simply Amazing" dipped 8-10. There were top 20 arrivals for Julio Iglesias' "1" compilation at No. 18 and 2010 "X-Factor" contestant Aiden Grimshaw's "Misty Eye" at No. 19. "Now! That's What I Call Music 82" leads the compilation chart for a fifth consecutive week.
Sam & the Womp's chart-topping dance track "Bom Bom" had widespread exposure during TV coverage of the Olympic Games and has also been used in an ad campaign for Southern Comfort. It's an incongruous chart-topper for the time-honored Stiff Records, once a bastion of the new wave scene of the 1970s but now an imprint owned by Warner Music. Last week's No. 1 single, Rita Ora's "How We Do (Party)" , fell a place, and the week before's, "Heatwave" by Wiley featuring Ms D, another spot to No. 3.
Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Togeter" took its U.K. bow at No. 5, while London MC Devlin's collaboration with the indefatigable Ed Sheeran, the Bob Dylan cover "(All Along The) Watchtower," debuted at No. 7. "Wonderful" (Universal Island) by London-born artist-producer Angel climbed again, 11-9, as Public Enemy's 2007 single "Harder Than You Think" soared 56-11 (a career best for the influential rap act) after its use in Channel 4's trails for its Paralympic Games coverage.