In December last year Emeli Sandé was announced as the winner of the BRITs Critics Choice Award for 2012, following in the footsteps of Adele (2008), Florence + The Machine (2009), Ellie Goulding (2010) and Jessie J (2011). This week she proves the critics right, debuting at No1 on the Singles Chart with her third single ‘Next To Me’ and landing at No2 on the Album Chart with her debut ‘Our Version Of Events’.
Gotye & Kimbra dip to No2 after two weeks at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, one place ahead of non-mover Flo Rida at No3 with ‘Wild Ones’ (feat. Sia). British-Irish boy band One Direction claim this week’s highest climber, up eighteen places from No24 to No6 with their third single ‘One Thing’, boosted by a (these days) rare release on CD. Following Whitney Houston’s tragic death on Saturday, several of her biggest hits return to the chart: ‘I Will Always Love You’ at No13, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ at No32 and ‘One Moment In Time’ at No42.
Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ takes a third consecutive week at No1 on the Album Chart, ahead of Emeli Sandé’s debut at No2. Whitney Houston’s ‘Ultimate Collection’ is a re-entry at No5, one of three Whitney compilations to return to the chart this week – ‘The Essential’ is at No13 and ‘The Greatest Hits’ is at No28. ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack also benefits from a sales surge, returning to the Compilation Chart at No25. Gotye builds on the success of his No1 single, debuting at No8 with his third album ‘Making Mirrors’ which was originally released last summer.