Sunderland-born singer songwriter Emeli Sande has beaten The Beatles 50 year record for the most consecutive weeks in the UK’s Official Album Chart top 10 of any debut album.
Her album, Our Version Of Events, was released in February 2012 and went on to become the biggest seller that year. It has stayed in the top 10 ever since and has been in the UK’s Official Album Chart for 63 weeks.
The 26-year-old singer grew up in Scotland but was born in Sunderland. Her mother Diane Sande moved to the city back in 1984 to attend the then Polytechnic where she met her husband Joel. The family moved up to Aberdeenshire, where her parents still live, when Emile was just four.
The Beatles debut album Please Please Me spent 62 weeks ine the Top 10 between its release in 1963 and 1964 by which time Beatlemania was at its height.
Emeli’s debut has so far sold 1.82 million copies in the UK and was number one on the chart for 10 weeks. The double Brit winner’s number one hit Next To Me was also the third most played pop song of 2012.