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Brit Winners Show U.K. Chart Gains

HER VERSION OF EVENTS:  Emeli Sandé followed up her Brit Awards  double-play for Best Female Artist and Best British Album by returning to #1 on the U.K. charts with her Virgin/Universal album Our Version of Events. One Direction, recipients of the special Global Success title, scored their third U.K. #1 with “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks),” a remake of the Blondie song, which has proven the fastest-selling single of 2013 in Britain. Mumford & Sons, who won British Group, moved #5-2 with Babel, while U.K.  labelmate Ben Howard, who took both the British Male and British Breakthrough categories, raced #48-4 with Every Kingdom. There were also notable sales boosts for Adele’s “Skyfall,” back up #39-25 after winning the British Single title; International Male Solo Artist Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, up #47-19, and International Female Solo Artist Lana Del Rey, up #42-31 with Born to Die. Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsPush the Sky Away debuted at #3, beating the # 4 peak of their previous highest-charting U.K. album, 2008’s Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (2/25p)

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