cottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé’s huge exposure via her performances at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 sent her debut album Our Version of Events (Virgin/EMI) back to No. 1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), as the Olympic effect showed itself on many of the week’s bestselling albums and tracks. Meanwhile, London-based pop singer Rita Ora scored her second solo No. 1 single, and third overall, with “How We Do (Party)” (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment).
The Olympics bump this week, as Music Week noted, was undeniable as musicians and songs featured in the opening and closing ceremonies owned 57 of the Top 200 album chart and 66 of the Top 200 single slots.
After singing “Abide With Me” at the Olympics opening ceremony, Sandé’s prominence at the closing gala gave further new impetus to her album. 30,000 new sales took its running tally to 621,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Events debuted at No. 1 in February, returning to the top two weeks later and again for a week in June. “Read All About It Pt. III,” from the album, entered the singles chart at No. 3, and Sandé’s new performance for the BBC Olympics coverage of John Lennon’s “Imagine” sent the EMI original back into the singles chart at No. 18.
Paloma Faith climbed back 5-2 with Fall To Grace (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) as another Olympics performer, Ed Sheeran, improved 8-3 with + (Asylum/Warner Music). Sheeran’s version for the closing ceremony of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” (also featuring Floyd’s Nick Mason on drums, Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike & the Mechanics fame, Richard Jones and David Arnold) made No. 34 on the OCC singles chart. Floyd’s original made its first-ever showing on that chart at No. 68.
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