50 Years Later, A Beatles Record is Broken

Please Please Me spent 62 weeks in the top 10; Emeli Sandé's Our Version of Events has notched 63

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Emeli Sande performs at Hammersmith Apollo on April 8, 2013, in London.

It seemed like a record that couldn’t be broken: when The Beatles released their album Please Please Me in 1963, it held onto one of the Top 10 slots on the British album chart for 62 whole weeks, the longest run ever for a debut album.

That was then. As of this week, the Scottish singer Emeli Sandé has broken that record, according to the U.K.’s Official Charts Company. Her debut album Our Version of Events, the best-selling album of 2012 in the U.K. (1.82 million copies), has been in the top 10 since February of 2012—or, 63 weeks.

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Sandé told the Official Charts Company that she’s “completely lost for words” since “The Beatles are the greatest band of all time” and tweeted a message of thanks to her followers: “This record is so significant to me for many different reasons. I’m so happy and I’m thankful to you all. We made history!! #OVOE

In the U.S., however, she has yet to break out: her single “Next To Me” (which has made it to the No. 2 spot in the U.K.) is still sitting at 46 on the Billboard Hot 100. But it’s already on its way up—currently sitting at its highest number yet—and this historic news is sure to help it along.

9 comments
Evey
Evey

So? Katy Perry broke one of Micheal Jacksons records, but does that mean that she's better then him? Michael Jackson is the King Of Pop and Katy is like a peasant of Pop. Or whatever she does. However this women is is nothing in comparison to the Kings Of Music. She won't be remembered in 5 or 10 years I forgot her name now. And Btw I thought she was Nicki Minaj for a second. 

hummingbird
hummingbird

I've seen the video for "Next to Me" repeatedly here in the U.S on VHI Soul. I think it's a good song and definitely better than most of the pop songs we get these days. The music industry and fans can be weird as sometimes the artists with the least talent sell more and get more fame.

AndrewLaatsch
AndrewLaatsch

Sorry, I literally don't know who she is - no offense and glad you've done what you've done.

mackeson71
mackeson71

They still have a music industry?

texasghost01
texasghost01

Ok...first of all...

Any record that is broken after the year 2000 needs an asterisk next to it. 1.82 million copies includes downloads as well.  Since the Beatles didn't have that ability for their fans to download music in 1963...you are putting a handicap on that record. 

Cause I guarantee you..if iTunes was around in 1963...those records would have reached over 3 million copies sold.

Evey
Evey

@texasghost01if iTunes were around 1963 they would already have a billion about now.  People barley had television. The either heard about The Beatles through mouth, ear or the radio. It's amazing they even got noticed!

LukeGebicke
LukeGebicke

I agree sbilderb. The album is barely ok. It's basically generic pop. 

This looks like a publicity stunt to push failing record sales...

sbilderb
sbilderb

Not that she is not talented, she is, but it's because the rest of the music industry is so weak is the reason the record fell.