Scottish breakthrough artist Emeli Sandé returned to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with her debut album "Our Version of Events" (Virgin/EMI). Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Island) started a third non-consecutive week atop the singles survey.
BRIT Award Critics' Choice trophy winner Sandé's album debuted at No. 1 two weeks ago and unseated Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) to return there with new sales of 44,000 (even though that represented a 27% week-on-week sales decline). "21" fell to No. 2, with 41,000 new sales, according to the Official Chart Company, as Ed Sheeran's "+" (Asylum/Warner Music) held at No. 3. His single "Drunk" climbed 11-9. "+" sold 31,000 last week to move past one million U.K. sales.
Lana Del Rey stayed at No. 4 with "Born To Die" (Polydor/Universal), as Meat Loaf scored a No. 5 debut with "Hell In A Handbasket" (Sony Music). With Gotye's album "Making Mirrors" down 3-6, "The Essential Whitney Houston" (Arista/Sony Music Entertainment) climbed 17-7. EMI's reissue of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" took it back onto the chart at No. 22, one place ahead of the Ting Ting's "Sounds From Nowheresville" (Sony Music). Its predecessor "We Started Nothing" debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. chart in May 2008.
On the compilation chart, EMI TV/Universal Music TV's latest entry in its successful "Dreamboats & Petticoats" series of 1960s oldies, "...Presents The Petticoat Collection," opened at No. 1.
Gotye's hit stayed at the the top of the singles chart with 87,000 new sales, ahead of a new entry at No. 2 for "Rockstar" (All Around The World/Universal Island) by London-born rapper Dappy (also of chart act N-Dubz). That track, which features Queen's Brian May, finished with 57,000 sales. Sandé's "Next To Me" dipped 2-3, but there were climbs for Nicki Minaj's "Starships" (Cash Money/Universal Island), 7-5, and Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" (RCA), 13-8.
"Twenty Seven Million" (Six Steps) by Christian worship leader Matt Redman & LZ7 debuted at No. 12 and Chiddy Bang's "Ray Charles" (Regal Recordings/EMI) at No. 13. Widespread coverage of Davy Jones' death prompted some 4,000 new sales, and a chart reappearance at No. 69, for the Monkees' "Daydream Believer" (Rhino/Warner Music).