The rise and rise of Emeli Sandé


Emeli Sandé now holds the record for the most consecutive weeks in the UK's Official Album Chart top 10 of any debut album. The chart record was previously held by The Beatle’s album Please Please Me for almost 50 years. Sandé has three number-one singles across the United Kingdom and Ireland with "Read All About It" with Professor Green, "Next to Me" and "Beneath Your Beautiful" a collaboration with Labrinth.

Adele Emeli Sandé better known as Emeli Sandé is a recording artist and songwriter of Scottish and Zambian descent. Raised in Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, she made her singing career debut after she featured on the track "Diamond Rings" by the rapper Chipmunk in 2009. The single charted at No. 6 on the UK Singles Charts, making it Chipmunk and Sandé's first ever Top 10 Hit. Sandé's sister made a video of her playing the piano and singing to one of her favorite songs, "Nasty Little Lady". They sent the clip to Trevor Nelson's BBC Urban music competition. Sandé won the show and was offered a record deal, but the management that she met via the competition decided against the deal. Her parents sent BBC Radio 1Xtra a CD of her songs.

Sandé met with Watford-born music producer/writer Shahid Khan aka Naughty Boy, who had previously worked with Ms Dynamite and Bashy, and they began writing for artists such as Alesha Dixon, Chipmunk, Professor Green, Devlin, Preeya Kalidas, Cheryl Cole, and Tinie Tempah.

In an interview, she said "I was doing a show in London for 1Xtra and I met this guy called Naughty Boy. We got in the studio and we clicked work wise. We just started writing, not necessarily for me, we just thought ‘let's write a pop tune’ and experiment. And we wrote the Chipmunk track and I thought nothing of it. Naughty Boy sent it off to Chipmunk who really liked it and wrote his stuff around it."

Following her 2009 single success with Chipmunk, she appeared on another single collaborating with Wiley on his comeback single "Never Be Your Woman". The single charted at number-eight on the UK Singles Charts becoming Sandé's second consecutive Top 10 Single.

In an Interview with afriPOP!, Sandé talks about how Zambian music has had a bit of influence on her own style, and how connected she feels with her Zambian cousins and the Zambian culture in particular (thanks to her father’s efforts to keep this culture alive in their household).

Sandé signed a record deal with Virgin Records in 2010. She later signed another deal with EMI Records in early 2011. On 14th August 2011, Sandé released her single title ‘Heaven’ from her then yet to be released debut album. She achieved her first number-one single on the UK Singles Chart after "Read All About It" entered at number-one. In 2012 she received the Brit Awards Critics' Choice Award. Her album “Our Version of Events” which was released reached number one in the UK after its release in February 2012 and went on to become the biggest selling album that year.

The album broke the 100,000 sales in a week tally on three separate occasions and has sold a million copies in the UK and was number one on the Official Album Chart for 10 weeks. On 27 July 2012, Sandé sang "Abide with Me" at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, and her song "Heaven" was used to accompany the section with Sir Tim Berners-Lee. NBC also used her song "Wonder" during the credits roll at the end of the tape-delayed ceremony broadcast in the United States. On 12 August 2012, Sandé sang "Read All About It (Part III)" at the closing ceremony, while a video montage of emotional scenes from the games was shown. She also covered a version of John Lennon's "Imagine" exclusively for the BBC, who used it for their end credits montage at the conclusion of their Olympics coverage. Sandé is also a winner of the 2013 European Border Breakers Awards.


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    I love next to me and oh, that one she did with Labrinth, heavenly :)

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