1. ITV Report

Emeli Sande breaks The Beatles' 50 year record

Emeli Sande. Photo: PA

Emeli Sande has broken The Beatles' near 50 year record for the most consecutive weeks in the UK's Official Albums Chart Top 10.

The Scottish singer’s debut album Our Version of Events, released in February of last year, has featured in the charts for 63 consecutive weeks beating the previous record.

Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Credit: PA

The iconic British band previously held the record when their album ‘Please Please Me’ spent 62 weeks inside the top 10 between 1963 and 1964.

Our Version of Events has gone on to become the biggest selling album of 2012 with over 1.82 million copies sold.

The 26-year-old singer expressed shock at her feat in an interview with the Official Chart Company:

I’m completely lost for words and this is something I could only have dreamed of.

The Beatles are the greatest band of all time and their legacy lives on and continues to inspire all of us that make music.

I’m so happy that so many people have connected with the stories and the songs on the record, this really is our version of events now.

I’d like to say thank you to everyone that has bought, played or shared my music in the last year, without your support this would never have been possible.

– Emeli Sande

The album spent 10 weeks at number one on the Official Albums Chart and has broken the 100,000 sales in a week tally on three separate occasions.

Official Charts Company Managing Director, Martin Talbot hailed the singer’s achievement:

It has been an incredible past 15 months for Emeli Sandé - and to break a record which was set almost 50 years ago by The Beatles is arguably the greatest achievement of all.

Across her 63 Top 10 weeks, she has been Top 5 for almost 75% of the time - a remarkable record, by one of the most remarkable new British acts to emerge for many years.

– Martin Talbot, Official Charts Company Managing Director