Home Music Emeli Sande Breaks A Beatles UK Chart Record With Debut CD

I’ve been telling you about Emeli Sande, raving about her, since February when she rocked the Grammys, a Universal Music showcase, and Elton John’s charity fundraiser. Now she’s broken a record held by the Beatles for 50 years. Her debut album, “Our Version of Events,” has spent 63 weeks in the top 10 in Britain. That’s the longest any debut album by an artist has spent consecutive weeks in the top 10 since the Beatles “Please Please Me” in 1963. Emeli is the Adele of 2013, but you wouldn’t know it in the U.S. Why is America always the last to grab hold of a star? That album should be the biggest thing on our charts. too. Who do we have pay at radio to get her over the top? (Not kidding really when you look at rest of the charts.) Wait– next year she’ll have a second album that will take off like crazy, and U.S. radio will say they “broke” her. That’s what happened with Adele’s “19” album which preceded her hit, “21.” The following spring Emeli will be featured in Clear Channel’s I Heart Radio, and they’ll lay claim to her too. Why not do i tnow and get it all over with?


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  1. Sande is very good very good. And it’s amazing how many great singers are coming from England….as if American singers have abandoned the art. Now, we get singers like Taylor Swift with great writing talents, little singing talents, Carley Rae, and so many others with tinny voices and a lot of swagger and acrobats on stage. I would rather go see a SADE or Adele any day compared to some of the American singers. Jay-Z just signed someone from England, Rita Ora, and she’s got a sweet voice and great personality.
    If you’re a great American singer — head to England to be discovered.

  2. I knew about her since mid-last year and “Next To Me” has been on heavy rotation in my IPOD ever since then. I also told all my friends about her, this is the New voice of 2012-13 and I live in California…so the US might be late as a whole, but not all of us.

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