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UK album sales dip further to their lowest in 16 years

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UK album sales have plummeted to their lowest in 16 years.

Album sales fell another 2.65% over the past week, with total sales in Great Britain at 1,312,971. It is the lowest seven-day album sales since the week ending June 22, 1996.

Emeli Sande performing live

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John Mayer performing at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto as a part of his ‘Battle Studies’ world tour

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Emeli Sandé topped the chart with her debut album Our Version of Events, which sold 13,430 over the past week, reports Music Week.

It's the lowest sales for a chart leader since Ace of Base's Happy Nation headed the chart in July 1994 with 12,042 copies.

John Mayer's Born and Raised reached number four with sales of 12,651, which are his highest one-week sales in the UK so far.

However, Mayer's previous album Battle Studies sold 11,781 during it's first week in 2009, but only reached number 35.

Sandé's Our Version of Events becomes the third record to top the chart with sales under 20,000 this century after Adele's 21 and Keane's Strangeland did so earlier this year.

Watch the music video for Emeli Sandé's 'Next To Me' below:

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