23 year old Sande's Our Version Of Events storms to the summit on first week sales of 113,319 - the best for a debut album by a British female solo artist since fellow Scot Susan Boyle's first album I Dreamed A Dream exploded onto the chart with sales of 411,820 in December 2009. Perhaps surprisingly, it's not the only link between the two - Sande co-wrote This Will Be The Year, which was a track on Boyle's third number one album, Someone To Watch Over Me, last December.
Sande's 2011 hit singles Heaven (number two) and Daddy (number 21) are on Our Version Of Events, along with third single Next To Me, which debuts at number two on the singles chart this week, after selling 103,438 copies. It is the third highest sale for a number two single in the last 12 months, being bested only by the 116,578 copies that Little Mix's Cannonball sold on its 31 December 2011 debut, and the 115,530 copies that Labrinth's Earthquake (feat. Tinie Tempah) sold when it debuted at number two, eight weeks earlier. Another track from Sande's album - Read All About It Part III - also enters the Top 75, at number 49 (7,255 sales). As its title suggests, it is based on Professor Green's 2011 number one, Read All About It, on which Sande was featured.
Some like to Clutch at Straws.