Emeli Sande tops 2013 album chart with Our Version of Events
Friday 12 April 2013
Emeli Sande's debut album Our Version Of Events is the biggest-selling album so far this year, despite having already sold 1.4 million copies last year.
The singer, who benefited from several high profile appearances during the 2012 Olympics, topped the chart as new figures from industry body the BPI showed combined sales of CDs and digital albums of 23.3 million in the first three months of this year. This compares to 23 million in the same period last year.
The second-biggest seller was the recording of Les Miserables by the film cast, followed by Now That's What I Call Music 84, and singer-songwriter Jake Bugg's self-titled debut.
The figures also show that digital downloads accounted for more than a third (38.5 per cent) of all albums sold.
BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor said the figures showed the "strength in depth of British music".
He said: "The Q1 sales figures illustrate that as digital grows its share, albums can follow the singles market back to growth."
The figures showed 48.5 million single tracks were sold in the first quarter of 2013, up from 46.7 million in the same period last year.
The biggest-selling single of 2013 so far is "Thrift Shop" by American duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, which has sold more than 510,000 copies.
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Andreas Lubitz: Who is Germanwings co-pilot who 'locked out captain and crashed flight 9525'?
- 2 JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
- 3 Germanwings crash: Descent may have been 'deliberate, suicidal choice' by pilot, claims experts
- 4 Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest
- 5 Video shows what happens when lava is poured onto ice
Jeremy Clarkson to host BBC's Have I Got News For You despite Top Gear exit
Jeremy Clarkson says it 'isn't hard' to create another Top Gear
James May hints Top Gear days are over following Jeremy Clarkson's BBC suspension
The Face of an Angel actress: I feel great empathy for Meredith Kercher’s family
James May hints he will not continue on Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Vote Ukip, says far-right group Britain First